March 2019

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Shadows of the Italian

By Ross Jackson

he is found on the dark stairs- 


the painting hung in his room above the shop-

a stage lit night scene

top of Vesuvius, Etna or Stromboli viewed upside down 

sphincter of a rocket blasting off

(Tyrrhenian or Ionian) a sea of tar on fire 

as if under klieg lights the village 

livid white stone, minus humans outside 


window blinds always down during daylight- 

no hollow-eyed woman in a red dress 

with whom to share a cigarette 

during a chiaroscuro 



some say there is a brother in Fremantle-

a sister in Naples