Before she slips off her silk
kimono, with paint- stained hands
he holds a wintered Russian sable
brush & slowly strokes her cheek
down to her throat.
Her body tenses & softens into
a winged opera of evening light.
His touch was like the supple brush
of a mink a lover had warmed her
with during a snow flurried walk
from The Lincoln Center to catch
a cab for dinner, drinks, & a hotel.
Now, sharing chardonnay,
she kisses his mouth & dark
stippled face. Casting off herself,
she disappears into canvases
charcoaled & crayoned in winter’s
dusk & other subdued nudes.
Alexandra Isacson is an Arizona State graduate who lives and teaches in the urban Phoenix area. Her poetry chapbook, Narcotic Silks, is recently published by Dancing Girl Press. She is also the author of Poetic Anthropologies, a tribute to the visual arts & humanities, published by Medulla Press (2011). Her poetry & prose appears in PANK, New World Writing (formerly The Mississippi Review), Blink Ink, FRiGG, & elsewhere. She is a Pushcart (2012, 2010) & Best of the Net Anthology (2009) nominee.
Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.