You must paint the walls a neutral color
To sell to neutral buyers
To fill empty spaces
With new emptiness

They bought the house,
And painted the walls
Or burnt umber
To match the furniture
Or the woodwork

But if they peeled and scraped the walls
With forensic care
To discover motives and means
They would have discovered
The red of blood
And the black of love

The same color really


Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


randall currently collects his mail in Brooklyn but he has a doppelganger in Wabeno, WI.

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.