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Carol Hamilton

2 Poems

Issue One

          August 2016

“Reality Is a Crutch “

Graffiti seen on a restroom wall in Bloomington, Indiana, 1968

Reality lacks subtlety,

come to think of it,

and perhaps that is why

we notice it so little

and insist on it so much.

Artist in Sienna Brown: Victoria Crowe (1945-)

She painted her own heartbroken face

two years before her son died.

All is symbol here, archangel pinning

an infant to the bottom of the canvas

while landscape and still life dance

in the background, oblivious

to her downturned mouth, hopeless eyes.

Did she intuit the future or,

like a fallen Buddhist,

did she fail to achieve

disinterest in the tragedies

she predicted even without

Tarot card or crystal ball?

Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Louisiana Review, Pontiac Review, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, Poet Lore, Limestone, Louisiana Literature, Off the Coast, Palaver, San Pedro River Review, U.S.1 Worksheet, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Hubbub, Blue Unicorn, Two Cities Review, Poem, Tipton Poetry Review, Yellow Chair Review and others. She has published 17 books: children's novels, legends and poetry, most recently, SUCH DEATHS publisher, vac Press, Purple Flag Series. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize.