SELF-PORTRAIT AS SELF-PORTRAIT | JOHN PAUL MARTINEZ

 

after David Klamen’s “Interiors” series


All night we are
paintings, wide and
unassuming.

Mottled amalgams of
artificial light and
counterfeit silhouettes

in which we rest
suspended, dripping
when the lights

turn out. We
forget routinely
how heavy

we really are. We
forget that in here, it
is quiet.

In here, we can set
comfortably and become
final. I would love

to stare at you for
hours. I would love to
imagine you

inside all the
framings in which
you’d fit.

I would love to, but I’m in
white-gloved hands

of diplomaed experts.
They are carrying me
away.

They are working very hard
to restore me. Peeling and
peeling

my infinite
sheen

 

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John Paul Martinez is a Filipino-Canadian poet writing out of an isthmus in Wisconsin. His desert-island book would be either The Difficult Farm by Heather Christle or The Language Book edited by Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein. He holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and can be further found on Twitter @jpmpoet or at johnpaulmartinez.com.

 

Cover image by Zachary Schomburg: photos of walls in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, an area that is very flat. The horizon lines on theses walls mimic that flat horizon line on its landscape.

Darla Mottram