Vortex at Midnight

Vortex at Midnight

The Night Cafe, by Van Gogh. 1888. Yale University Art Gallery



In Medias Res


There is a flurry of noise
Of images and batterings

As if I weather more than storms
More than wild winds

The flurry surrounds and confuses
Distorts and narrows
The field my focus
My open-ended vision

I’m too much a part of the world
– right now
Too much a swamped victim
Of my own acquiescence

Flattened like pictures
Floating down




— by Douglas Pinson


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