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


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Puma Perl is a poet and fiction writer who believes strongly in the transformative power of the creative arts.   Her work has been published in cause & effect, MadSwirl, Trespass , Red Fez,  Gloom Cupboard, the Oak Bend Review, and many other print and on-line publications and anthologies.  She is a featured reader in various New York City area venues.   Her first chapbook, Belinda and Her Friends, is a series of linked poems about life on the Lower East Side in the late 1970's and early 80's.  Puma continues to work on character-driven projects and continues to live on, and to be inspired by, the LES.

Without a Word | Uptown at the Met


Without a Word

I woke  in your skin,
unclenched your hands,
hands that hold up bikes
and paintbrushes.

I squinted through
your rambling eyes
at the blue ceiling
(to me, always, it was grey.)

Through your clouded vision  
morning shadows moved rapidly
across the bed and into the kitchen
where tea kettles danced

Words slept on images,
 raced passed moment’s stillness,
between space and time, invisible
but for  your damaged eyes.



Uptown at the Met

Nadar’s nude covered her face
A Nazi collaborator hidden
in a man’s suit and slick hair
draped her arm around her lover
they laughed into Brassai’s eyes
Alexander Dumas looked away

A giggling French trio
Skips past the photographs
Speaking charmingly in English
Flitting from room to room
like chattering butterflies
Busloads of matrons line up
for lunch and bathrooms
Man Ray slams himself
against museum walls

I am the crazy lady
photographing herself
in the rooftop garden
Ghosts of John Lennon and
Rosemary’s Baby as backdrops

Escaping from the museum
I search for the Daily News
Wander through the park
Sit on an isolated bench
There is a plaque:

Have A Fine Day
Pierre, Jacki and Lizi

Yeah you too
I mutter, drinking my coffee
A crazy lady talking to herself
French triplets roller blade on by


Detail from Paris Opera Ceiling by Marc Chagall