William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

Drawings

I remember working on a story once for eight days, with the steadily growing realization that it was bad. But I stayed with it, and when the story was finally done, it was even worse than I’d thought. Eight days. Hours and hours. Time spent. Pages and pages, into the bin. It was grand.

 

Canvas 1,227

Canvas 1,227 — November 3, 2018

Eight Days — Canvas 1,227

The Waiters (Long Live the Revolution)

Canvas 1,226

If there’s a connection between this simple new drawing and the old poem that follows, I don’t know what it is. But seeing it — seeing him — I thought I recognized a denizen of the old street-side cafés, an unknown, unsung member of the Lost Generation. The poem, of course, is utter foolishness, as all poems are that are purposely funny but true, and some days, like today, truer […]

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This is another of my favorites from Primitive, although it would be hard to explain why.
Is it, perhaps, because the shoulder of one is the mouth of the other? Possibly.
But then there are the eyes, which, for half a day yesterday,
Followed me around the room. “My card, sir.”

 

Almost Einstein

2010
#2 Pencil on Index Card

Almost Einstein

Almost Einstein

Almost Einstein

Imagine a hard-working composer paging through his music,
relieved and thinking he is done, coming upon this in his score.

“Dear Lord. What am I writing for?”

“The high notes and low notes, of course.”

“And which, pray tell, are you?”

“We? We are the many. We are the few. We are you.”

 

Music Lesson

2010
#2 Pencil on 4 x 6 Index Card

Music Lesson

Music Lesson

Music Lesson

The Second Act

The Second Act

According to my notes, this poem was written long ago after I awoke one morning from a troubling dream I couldn’t quite remember, and with a terrible sinus headache. If the dream was the first act, the poem is the second, and reading it is the third. Or maybe writing the poem was the second act, and the poem is the third, making reading the fourth — unless the poem […]

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