Square One

By TJ Beitelman

Poem

These are facts:
In this world, Jude Law exists as a beautiful Englishman.

This is a world where we drink Slurpees, drive late-model
Cars, fill them with non-renewable fuels.

On Tuesday I bought a watch and a peach at Walmart.
There is another blue world. The paint and the artists

Have reversed; Squeezed from small tubes, slowly, with a certain crafts-
Manship, the limnists appear, slight smiles on their faces.

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TJ BEITELMAN lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and blogs on arts, culture, and the American way at www.beitelblog.blogspot.com. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared widely in literary magazines and his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, he has published two poetry chapbooks: Pilgrims: A Love Story (Black Lawrence Press) and 13 Curses and Other Love Poems (Dream Horse Press). His full-length poetry collection, In Order to Form a More Perfect Union,will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012.

4 responses to “Square One”

  1. Simon Smithson says:

    I’ve read, and re-read, this piece, TJ, finding new meanings in the spaces and lines each time. Welcome to TNB!

  2. I gotta say, I like this:

    The paint and the artists / Have reversed; Squeezed from small tubes, slowly, with a certain crafts- / Manship, the limnists appear, slight smiles on their faces

  3. M.J. Fievre says:

    Just like Simon, I’ve read this piece several times. I love the matter-of-fact language and the surprise brought by each line in the poem.

  4. Aaron Dietz says:

    This is fantastic! Smart, provocative, and mysterious. I’m still wandering through it….

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