M__TM___RE (285)


this way;
had shattered


Death came to
five o’clock in the

Guillaume Apollinaire

                             . The

Père Lachaise cemetery.
 
Guillaume!’
Guillaume!’

        The shells
        Vanished
        
        The shells
to survive a shell which
just from a little germ?     


on 9 November 1918, at


his officer’s uniform, his

poet was borne under a


victory, shouting ‘Death
to


die for               



by those about to perish.

and
. The
moving
Seine.                              



_____________________



M__TM___RE (352)







    It
unexpected
    It
like
    It
    It
staying,


    And the party began

 
to keep
the Bateau Lavoir,
he who led the
known
in Paris. This artist
           life.             
the age of

the party












preferred
the heyday of
circus. It was


generosity
everyone loved
stories were
in
living
the
similar tragic destiny
 suffering,
 



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Source material: Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and the Birth of Modern Art by Dan Franck (Grove Press, 2003).

Other poems from this set's early goings are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, and have thus far appeared in Festival Writer, littletell, Masque & Spectacle, Otoliths, and Really System.

Paul Siegell is the author of wild life rifle fire, jambandbootleg and Poemergency Room. He is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to Black Warrior Review, Coconut, Rattle, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of his work - and concrete poetry t-shirts - at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com) and @paulsiegell.