PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Matthew Abuelo is an up and coming New York poet and freelance writer. He has won numerous awards. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the poetry magazine “34 Parallel” and “ALORS ET TOI”. He has also appeared on MNN, Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Mr. Abuelo has published a collection of his work under the title "Last American Roar" available at He has been the featured reader at several forums throughout Long Island New York. He has released a new book, “Organic Hotels.”


Risking Absurdity

There are just so many times that you can risk absurdity
Making deals with dead art forms
When you hit rock bottom
In an effort
To rise where the angels place their bets on
How the energy of the city will break
And wash over the fragmented faces of the grid
Before be we are slammed down onto the concrete
Under the shadow of millionaires row
Of 86 street
Down into the subway stations
And through the turn-styles
Where the homeless
Pick through the lost tickets
To recuperate some of what they gambled
This is where they scream for the name of Jesus
And profanities before they give their voice over
To the metallic on metallic screech
Of the cars that pass.
But they fade into the soundboard
Where the other beggars sing off key.

From the Salvador Dali Museum, Paris