Poem by Kevin Clancy

 

At Sea

Gun metal gray, non skid, thickly applied

Hydraulic fluid, Skydraul, bordering on toxic

Chili simmering in galley attracting a jolt to the system followed quickly by heartburn

Fifth meal of the day in the middle of the night called Mid Rats

Small desk with round dial safe built in as well as letter slots

Twelve inch linoleum tiles, black with scuff marks from combat boot’s soles

Steel bunk beds with eight inch lip to hold mattress curved upwards at head and foot

Elevator for aircraft from hangar deck to flight deck positioning planes for launch,
catapault, arresting gear (cables), buzzing flouresent lights, screeching, slamming,
vibrations

Playboy pin ups scotch taped to walls of roommates bunk

Blown up picture (poster size) of my wife in a flight suit in front of an A-4J after a fast taxi ride I gave her when I got my wings

 

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber
Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

 

Kevin Clancy grew up on Navy Bases, moved every 2-3 years, went to the Naval Academy and flew off an Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam Conflict. He’s not from Boston but got here as fast as he could.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in 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 and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 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.

 

 

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