Artist Stranded on the Left Bank

Artist Stranded on the Left Bank
by Bruce Boston

Having scaled the mountains of the moon
with no Sherpa for a guide,

having eaten steak and kidney pie
in the depths of despair
in a diminutive pub in Soho,

having consumed five-alarm chili
at The Brimstone Club
on All Saint’s Eve,

having wandered at random
through the endless galleries
of The Louvre on a wet afternoon,

having crawled the Continent
for love, for fury, for nothing
more than an impulse of the times,

he became a brash statistic
in the sordid history of absinthe,

deranged hallucination and
all his unspent masterpieces
revolving in his head.

Bruce Boston is the author of fifty books and chapbooks, including the novels The Guardener’s Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His writing has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
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