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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  contributing poets
  Gary Beck
  Jack G. Bowman
  Sir Mark Bruback
  JR Campbell
  Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
  Darren C Demaree
  Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  Raymond Fenech
  Gerda Govine Ituarte
  Grant Guy
  Hedy Habra
  Danielle Harper
  JD Hart
  Tom Irish
  Kait Jensen
  Michael Lee Johnson
  Elisabeth Khan
  Ron Lucas
  Suzanne O'Connell
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  E. Martin Pedersen
  John D Robinson
  Miriam Sagan
  Rishan Singh
  Spencer Smith
  Ann Christine Tabaka
  Viola Weinberg
  Cade Williams
  Terry Wolverton
  Bill Yarrow
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Spencer Smith
November 2017



    Spencer Smith is a University of Utah graduate and works in the corporate world to pay the bills that poetry doesn’t pay (i.e., all of them). His work has appeared in over forty literary journals, including Main Street Rag, Potomac Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, RHINO, and Roanoke Review.



Last Masterpiece

The artist sits alone among grains of sand,
brushed with colors of dusk, a dry palette

much larger than his skilled hand, and ponders
his masterpieces gracing galleries and tempting wallets,

his name like chocolate on the tongues of the masses.
A lick of brine tastes his feet and retreats, depositing

a kelp-kissed stick, a stylus of possibilities.
His fingers enfold it, and with a familiar feel

it conforms to calluses and contours like a favorite brush.
He scratches lines and curves upon the grainy canvas,

transferring his tired visage to the earth, his own mien
smoothing and blanking in a relaxed blood-drain of self.

Finished, the artist sits alone among grains of sand,
watching the wash of surf erase his face.

copyright 2017 Spencer Smith