Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Odessa, Ukraine, in Collective Memory

Ukraine in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)

Odessa, Ukraine, in Collective Memory

From plateau city to the sea...
nearly two-hundred granite steps.
Forever-gone the sandstone for Potemkin.

Mug shots... like photo booth portraits:
adaptation for those who dodged worse.
Paintings of princesses in chiffon.

Graphic-red fiction: concrete colonnades
to celebrate function over naked joy.
I catch the scent... a down-staircase sea.

Laminated-yellow landscape, cracked edges,
wheat-seed paper and a deep blue sky:
bearing sandstone... crunch of broken backs.

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