Artwork by Mario Loprete
James P. Roberts
"the beautiful formed things caught at the wrong moment"
-- Michael Ondaatje
i will always see her as she was
naked in the shower soap suds
streaming freely, molded to the contours
of her skin shift of colors transparent
that is how she was, she always was
until a malign bubble burst
flooding white light through her brain
a tremble a spasm a fall
a noise where no noise should be
her wet hair tangled like thin brown snakes
splayed across still – oh so still – flesh
not even the hoped for rise of taut breasts
only water water falling on open empty eyes
James P. Roberts is the author of 15 books of poetry, science fiction and fantasy, literary biography and baseball history. His most recent collection of poetry, One Hundred Breaths, was selected as the winner of the 2020 Portage Press Poetry Book Contest and published by Portage Press in June of 2020. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mario Loprete is an Italian artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro. His Concrete Sculptures series makes use of personal clothing. Imbued within the works, his memory and his DNA activate within the viewer a mode of postmodern archeology that transforms his pieces into urban artifacts.