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LAURA JAN SHORE

 

 

Laura ShoreBorn in the UK, raised in the US and immigrated to Australia in 1996, Laura Jan Shore’s poetry collections include Breathworks, Dangerously Poetic Press, 2002 and Water over Stone,  IP Picks Best Poetry 2011, Interactive Press. She’s been published in anthologies and literary journals on four continents.

 

 


 

 

 

 

A Little Off the Top

 

 

The Barber Shop, Edward Hopper, 1931, oil on canvas

         Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

 

 

Enter from the lower left corner,

down the steps and into the shop

where the manicure girl waits,

thumbing her magazine.

 

We settle in, vintage voyeurs,

a long line of wheelchairs and walkers.

 

Follow the green curve of the ornate

brass railing, the white triangle of light,

sharp edge of window, a striped barber's pole.

 

The docent asks, What does it make you feel?

 

Lonely, offers my mother. It’s the first

emotion I've heard from her in a decade.

 

Still, she adds. Nothing is moving.

And later, The girl is sad. She misses

her boyfriend.

 

Doris, gnarled hand

clutching a stuffed bear, says,

It feels cold.

 

Stanley, who I never knew could speak,

bobs his bald head and mumbles,

          The man is hiding his face.

 

 

 

©2016 Laura Jan Shore

 

 

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