William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

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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

September Poems

Canvas 870

The ancient texts of solemn trees. Bird tracks at my feet. Late-night lights in the widow’s house. Lichens on headstones. Thrice-woven wool. Galaxies that resemble scattered straw. Notebooks filled. A wealth of steam. The luck of rice. dew in the dust on the old man’s mailbox he reads his letters twice

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From a distance, he probably looks like an old tree stump
in a drained lake bed, but from here, a bust preparing for takeoff.
Or maybe he’s just landed? Half thought, half drought?

Canvas 1,225

Canvas 1,225

Canvas 1,225