Poetry by Frank Rossini

Rossini

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Musee de Quai Branly
transubstantiation

grade school children dance through flowing
word streams projected on the dark floor
of a winding entry   ahead  directional signs
Afrique  Asia  les Ameriques  they turn
at Oceanie

there are horns  drums  chants  the music of tran-
substantiation  one being becomes
an other   wears an other’s robes an other’s bones
feathers teeth skin  one’s eyes look out
through an other’s

the teacher points to a feathered mask  asks
if the person who wears that mask really
becomes a bird
a dark eyed girl raises her hand enthusiastically
nods her head
YES   the teacher slowly shakes
hers    no
not really

 

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Musee d’Orsay
Van Gogh self portrait

from the gallery wall Artaud scolds the experts
“Van Gogh is nothing else […]


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Le Louvre
three self portraits

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Frank Rossini grew up in New York City & now resides in Eugene, Oregon. He has published poems in various journals including the Seattle Review, Raven Chronicles, Paterson Literary Review, and Chiron Review. Silverfish Review Press published a chapbook of his poems, Sparking the Rain. In 2012, sight|for|sight books published a book of his poetry, Midnight the Blues.

Read More: A brief interview with Frank Rossini