Body Artiste Brandy called herself an empty easel ready to strip down naked and take on primary colors, a blank canvass eager to display artistic genius & mutable good taste as her flesh took on hues any rainbow might envy & satisfied a young boy’s locker room fantasy. Daybreak till twilight, artists illustrated Brandy’s skin; she posed for photos, sent them into cyberspace & reveled in notoriety that left her wanting, longing for lustrous fulfillment as someone’s magnum opus, satisfaction in spirit only complete when stroked by a brush.
Studio Vogue 1970 Vinyl record albums stacked facedown like semi-glossy square decks of cards feebly served as trendy apartment bookends supporting a motley assortment of leather bound & paperback texts. A discarded telephone wire spool, my hip coffee table, that looked like a Brobdingnag sewing bobbin, showcased artbooks ranging from Frida Kahlo’s symbolism & Michelangelo’s sculptures to Dali’s surrealism. Lovers and I watched our youthful bodies roll with an undulating waterbed tide through a full-length plastic mirror nailed like a crucifix above us before we sank to the liquid mattress’s center. . Days and nights we once seemed to own fell victim to infrequency’s impact on intimate moments: the paucity of cheap thrills, my dated studio décor,
An award-winning author, poet, and educator, Sterling Warner’s works have appeared in literary magazines, journals, and anthologies including Danse Macabre, Poetry Life and Times, Shot Glass Journal, Ekphrastic Review, and Sparks of Calliope. Warner’s collections of poetry include Rags and Feathers, Without Wheels, ShadowCat, Edges, Memento Mori: A Chapbook Redux, Serpent’s Tooth, and Flytraps (2022)—as well as Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories. Currently, Warner writes, participates in “virtual” poetry readings, and enjoys retirement in Washington.
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