“The Scream’s Perilous Riptide” © Bill Wolak


U Tragic, Melancholy Beauty

You saw what was & how
it should be.

When color didn’t work
and black left
                     a mark
each day meant resurrection.

Nights, full of revelation.
Mornings, full of erasure.

The image was always on the verge.
Your brush, still wet
from your hand

across a slate of grays
where you shiver alone.

Oh, how slowly you burn.


Cheryl Snell is a poet and novelist. A pianist and aficionado of old music and new art. Fluent in sub-text.

Bill Wolak has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions. His collages and photographs have appeared recently in the 2020 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the 2020 Dirty Show in Detroit, the 2019 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, the 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival, and Naked in New Hope 2018.