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Issue 1: January 2020
Prose Poem: 159 words
By Linda Nemec Foster

Pablo Picasso in Lucerne


The rich society dame that dreamt-up this museum must have had one hellava crush on the bald Spaniard. Everywhere you turn, there’s nothing but his huge ego in gallery after gallery. Every now and then, a contemporary of The Great One shows up unexpectedly: a lost Miro wandering through the blue period or a Calder mobile hanging by a thread among the body parts of mismatched women. And, speaking of bodies, where is the dull husband of our rich patroness? Perhaps he’s trying to resemble a series of cubes floating down the stairs. Or an angry bull reduced to a bicycle seat. At any rate, he’s desperate for attention. He’s certain his wife is having an affair with Picasso’s ghost. Her moaning in her sleep is a dead giveaway. In the morning, she looks right through him to gaze at the white wall staring back at her. The perfect canvas for his attempts at reproduction.

Linda Nemec Foster
Issue 1, January 2020

is the author of 11 poetry collections, including The Lake Michigan Mermaid with Anne-Marie Oomen (2019 Michigan Notable Book; Wayne State University Press, 2018), The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte (Cervena Barva Press, 2018), Talking Diamonds (New Issues Press, 2009), Amber Necklace from Gdansk (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), and Listen to the Landscape (Eerdmans Publishing, 2006). Her new poetry book, The Blue Divide, was selected as an Editor’s Choice and will be published by New Issues Press in 2021.

Ms. Foster’s work has appeared in more than 350 magazines and journals such as The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Witness, New American Writing, North American Review, Quarterly West, Paterson Literary Review, and Verse Daily, and has been published in anthologies in the U.S. and Great Britain, and translated in Europe. Collaborations with visual artists, musicians, and composers have brought her poetry to new venues and audiences. It has been exhibited in museums and galleries, set to music, produced for the stage, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

In 2018 and 2019, Ms. Foster won an Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest sponsored by Paterson Literary Review. She has been honored with awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writer’s Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. She is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College, and was the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan (serving from 2003-2005). In 2015, she was honored by the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her poetry and advocacy of the literary arts in Michigan.

For more info, visit her website at: www.lindanemecfoster.com

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