Photography © Edward S. Gault


I will give you all the drop cloths of process
for every gilded frame.

I will give you each rough draft, the note
book sketches, the leaves of such pages
scribbling the artistry of life.

I will keep them loose, all these proofs
showing the roominess in their mirrors
& where you are reflected whole

with importance in that composition.
I will deliver your dreams back to you,

tear drop cleansed by lightning laughter.
I’ll bring in faith as an eye dropper
to the malnourished bird.

I’ll show the enlarging, sing of its praise,
the passion of tape, of paper clips

between you & I, this air, these lines
that bind.


A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer. Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online. He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance. In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead For links to his other media (and even merchandise if you are interested) please feel free to Google Stephen Mead Art. Currently he is artist/curator for an Historical LGBTQI site in progress, The Chroma Museum.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.