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Spring Skin, acyrlic on canvas, 2016, 44" x 48"

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Wild Mouth, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 24" x 24"

The Wild Mouth paintings include language from an original poem called FALL, written from experiences that I witnessed in various parts of Philadelphia in 2015-16. In the paintings, the letters of words from the poem are spaced apart and intersect, stretching meaning and creating new associations and new words within them. The letters operate as both symbols and abstract compositional elements. 


puffed cheeks

a wide wild mouth

a face in exerted effort and uncertainty

to pull the trigger


I felt the spark I felt the burn in my ears

I felt the air slap like cheap plastic

the victim

struck in the left ass cheek

(running away)

was taken to the Children’s Hospital

I saw the children’s faces

running in fear, not surprise

the gun revealed like the truth

stunning final

all eyes know it

but it was over and ordinary again after

before the gunpowder could clear the air


treat it like your own sugar

not lost to the years

not an empty cup

not changing little by little through laughter

not changed by the clatter of birds in morning


but here, in your own bed

still with plum color and sweetness

within reach of gentle touch

in the night golden with street lights

ease into it. be there easy. remain


then feel the shape of it taken

the taste of the apple on your tongue

the bitter seeds in the center

lost in the beginning



on one street

an old woman is on a stoop

frothing rocking


spitting venom


like she’s been cursing herself

hoarse for harsh years

angry until finally empty

I don’t care if they fuck

me in the fucking ass

you bitch


old hate made new


and a sad young man looking down and

through us with dark eyes

making direct dark eye contact, says

I know they all think I make no sense

I know


some part of us


is beautiful first


like the first beautiful





staring into the face

of the sun


our apple smile

cool knowing now

our apple eyes

hurt wandering


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