New Poetry by Neil Ellman

New Poetry by Neil Ellman


(after the painting by Cy Twombly)


Scrawls on the hide
of a whale
almost words
more than scrawls
almost more than words
a kind of history
of victories & defeats
         rough encounters
         in dangerous seas
         mad love               
crawling syllables
         coherent by half
         call out
         its migration done
it crawls to land
to teach its young.


 Invasion of the Night

(after the painting by Roberto Matta)

Time, times, and a half
the wicked judged
you and I
our bodies
chased and caught
invaded by the night
and crushed
upon a darkling sky
as stars burn out
flames from a lick
chaos in a jar
an absence of civility
and light
in our final hour.



— by Neil Ellman


Copyright ©2012 by Neil Ellman. All Rights Reserved.


Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  His poems, many of which are ekphrastic and based on works of modern and contemporary art, appear in numerous print and online journals throughout the world.  Also to his credit are eight chapbooks, the most recent of which, Convergence and Conversion, is forthcoming from The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.


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