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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg 2021

I’ll Paint You a Picture

 

by Brian Rihlmann

 

the editors today say

the word heart is anathema

and soul? even worse. . . . well,

fuck you, I say—

what do you want me

to call It? It—

you know . . . the It

we’re always talking about . . .

the It we point to

in so many ways

 

ohhh . . . you want me

to paint It for you?

well, I was never

very good at that

but I think my mother

has some of my childhood drawings

in a box here, let’s see . . .

 

here’s a metal band on stage

from the makeup

on their basketball-shaped faces

I think it’s early Motley Crue

Tommy’s pounding the drums

with his sticklike arms

and Vince is wailing his lungs out

shouting at the devil

 

here’s a little leaning house

its angles all out of whack

it sits in a valley alone

no roads lead to it

there’s a dark forest

in the background

probably filled with

terrifying creatures

that I couldn’t render

but it’s definitely implied

 

and here, last one—

a battle-wounded ship

floats upon a tumultuous sea

in flames, smoke billowing,

but its guns are still firing

at some invisible enemy

off the page

 

 

 

Brian Rihlmann lives and writes in Reno, Nevada. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The Rye Whiskey Review, Fearless, Heroin Love Songs, Chiron Review, and The Main Street Rag. His latest poetry
collection, Night at My Throat, (2020) was published by Pony One Dog Press.



KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her most recent poetry collection is Rudiments (Seashell Books, 2020), her most recent essay collection is Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2020), her most recent short story collection is Demurral: Linens, and Towel and Fears (Bards& Sages Publishing, 2020), and her most recent photography collection is 20/20, Eye on Israel (Camel Saloon, 2015).

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021