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


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May 2009


Alan King's poems have appeared in Audience, Alehouse, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Boxcar Review, and MiPoesias, among others. When the Cave Canem fellow and Vona Alum is not sending out poems to numerous journals, he's chasing the muse through Washington, D.C.— people watching with his boys and laughing at the crazy things strangers say to get close to one another.


American City Movie Diner

That morning, clouds loofahed
the sky's massive blue back,

while rain water beaded
a glass pane like shower tile.
You smiled as if the sheen-slick

streets and wind-whipped
curtain of rain were stolen

from a movie script, or
as if that moment were
adapted from a novel.

You locked your fingers with
mine as if this scene was

before the on-screen kiss,
as if we weren't in a diner
waiting to be seated.

Pablo Picasso