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Porte D'entrée

Adam Henry Carrière

John LaMar Cole


Christopher Fuller


A. Elizabeth Herting


Ed Higgins


John L. Stanizzi


Patrick Sweeney

Christian Ward

Mercedes Webb-Pullman


Nick Young


Mercedes Webb-Pullman

13 ways to wear a grey velvet suit

(for Erik Satie)



amidst Picasso’s party guests

steering clear

of red wine



insecure about the waistcoat

in which there are

three pockets



the velvet catches shadows

and stows them in creases



a topcoat and trousers

make a suit

a topcoat a waistcoat and trousers

make a suit



I don’t know which to wear

the grey velvet suit

or the grey velvet suit behind it



Picasso fills his canvas

with spaces

the grey velvet suit

makes music between them


with too few notes



sisters of Syria

why wear black?

a grey velvet suit





I learn savage music

from the black keys


how semi-tones stain

grey velvet



when I remove

my grey velvet suit

it tumbles in an arc



seeing my suit

crumpled on the floor

she mistakes it for me

and laughs



I fly over Paris

on my piano keys;

fatal ecstasy of

syncopated faces

and hypnotic shades 



the party is heating up

the grey velvet suit must have worked



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.
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