Poem by Donnie Welch

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

 

Cydonia

When the pictures were made public a brief hysteria spread. That is to say, for a moment everyone
felt the tingle of existential fear and excitement accompanied with the evidence, or
supposed evidence, of life elsewhere in the Universe. The more rational chalked it up to erosion
and climate change over millions of years creating a unique phenomenon. Then there were
varying degrees of fanaticism: people claiming that this was proof that life might have once
existed on the planet and others insisting that intelligent life still lives there and this structure
must be a religious site! Regardless, when our satellite returned its blurry pictures from the third
planet away from that galaxy’s sun and in the middle of what appeared to be a vast prairie were
four large stone faces, everyone stared in passing fascination before going about their day.

 

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber
Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

 

Donnie Welch is a teaching assistant at the Rebecca School for Autism. His current project @SocialLit explores new forms of poetry and collaborative writing derived from Social Media. His work has appeared in Passages North; South85 Journal; Gravel; War, Literature & The Arts; Inky Needles; Oddball Magazine; The Emerson Review and elsewhere. His collection of children’s poetry Who Gave These Flamingos Those Tuxedos? was published by Emerson College’s Wilde Press in 2013.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.