(i.) Tough Luck The ice was too thin no one could help the swan its foot caught in ice on Walloon All we could do is watch or not watch as I chose to do It was an eagle my neighbor said that finished it off
(ii.) Factory Boss After Henri Rouart in Front of His Factory, a painting by Edgar Degas He is the pre in post-industrial, the buttonuped daddy of ‘em all, the tophatted, mustached, cigar smoker who paid his workers in turkeys and Christmas ornaments. Behind him his factory is shuttered— lonely as a Satie gymnopedie. His workers port lunch pails, peasant shirts soiled from poisonous toil in stacks of smoke. This boss, the putrescence of production, caresses the creases of his pants while his watch and fob dangle from the pockets of his waistcoat. His gaze knife-edged, he opens the cover of his Elgin. It’s time, he thinks, for the second shift.
My bio: Charlie Brice is the winner of the 2020 Field Guide Magazine Poetry Contest. His fourth poetry collection is The Broad Grin of Eternity (WordTech 2021). His poetry has been nominated for the Best of Net Anthology and three times for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Chiron Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, Sparks of Calliope, and elsewhere.
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