Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


Growing Concerns

More and more, I wing it.
You insist on a method; I have none.
Whatever light I would shed
is so much shed skin on the ground.
Think of an old dog
growling at ghosts or accolades.

The wind changes its mind through the reeds.

I would love to provide tidy bundles.
But what is water to be held? And who am I
for such pretenses?
Likewise we endeavor to show
all that we can never tell.

As if we could ever taste the first fruits
with pure hearts. The romance remains
in simply this: if we could ever fly
where dandelions only walk.


Perry L. Powell lives in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, with a rat terrier and a black cat, where he is struggling to complete a number of novels. His work has appeared in Eunoia Review, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Presence, The Blue Unicorn, The Heron’s Nest, and winamop, among others.

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 both in the USA and Europe and he has had nine 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 300 online and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS) two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.