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Christopher Fuller

 

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Ed Higgins

 

John L. Stanizzi

 

Patrick Sweeney

Christian Ward

Mercedes Webb-Pullman

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Nick Young

     

Mercedes Webb-Pullman

13 ways to wear a grey velvet suit

(for Erik Satie)

 

I

amidst Picasso’s party guests

steering clear

of red wine

 

II

insecure about the waistcoat

in which there are

three pockets

 

III

the velvet catches shadows

and stows them in creases

 

IV

a topcoat and trousers

make a suit

a topcoat a waistcoat and trousers

make a suit

 

V

I don’t know which to wear

the grey velvet suit

or the grey velvet suit behind it

 

VI

Picasso fills his canvas

with spaces

the grey velvet suit

makes music between them

tunes

with too few notes

 

VII

sisters of Syria

why wear black?

a grey velvet suit

liberates

imaginations

 

VIII

I learn savage music

from the black keys

forgetting

how semi-tones stain

grey velvet

 

IX

when I remove

my grey velvet suit

it tumbles in an arc

 

X

seeing my suit

crumpled on the floor

she mistakes it for me

and laughs

 

XI

I fly over Paris

on my piano keys;

fatal ecstasy of

syncopated faces

and hypnotic shades 

 

XII

the party is heating up

the grey velvet suit must have worked

 

XIII

it was Paris all performance

it was spring

we will always have Paris 

just check

my grey velvet suit pocket


 

(Do you need to know that Erik Satie was an avant garde musician, a contemporary of Picasso, who bought his grey velvet suits by the dozen?)

 

Mercedes Webb-Pullman was Danse Macabre's 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. She graduated from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand with her MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Tasseography (2014) Track Tales (Truth Serum Press, 2017) and The Jean Genie (Hammer & Anvil Books, 2018). Her poems, and the odd short story, have appeared online (Bone Orchard Poetry, Caesura, Connotations, Danse Macabre, The Electronic Bridge, 4th Floor, Main Street Rag, Otoliths, Reconfigurations, Scum, Swamp, Pure Slush, Turbine, among others) and in print (Mana magazine, Poets to the People; Poetry from Lembas Cafe 2009, The 2010 Readstrange Collection, PoetryNZ Yearbook, many anthologies from Kind of a Hurricane Press, and the Danse Macabre anthologies Amour Sombre,  Belles-Lettres, Hauptfriedhof, and Weihnachtsmarkt (Hammer & Anvil Books, 2017 & 2018). She has also won the Wellington Cafe Poetry contest in 2010, and wrote a foreword for their collection of 2012 contest entrants, which included another of her poems. Since then she has been awarded 3rd prize in United Poets Laureate International Poetry Contest 2015, and is particularly proud of having a haiku (the only one from New Zealand) in 100 Haiku for Peace, an international publication in five languages. Her lucky number is 8. Blue. She lives in Ōtaki Beach, New Zealand.