His Language Advanced
I'm risking my life here, listening to this. He takes
photographs. She poses. Apparently her first modeling
portfolio is in the offing, for a price, though. For some
reason, the first series of head shots they're hovering over
on the café table is too dark. Now, there are attempts at
negotiation. Only neither one knows how to speak - "You
know," (as if the other did) -"like, you know," (since I
can't be forthright & ask you to take your clothes off in
the next session) - "it's five dollars a roll for color, six
to print & though father & his father & his father went to
University before..." (his brother chose music, minors in
percussion,) "but what's that?" he asks. "I chose
photography over engineering. So many in the business. Did
you ever look in the Yellow Pages under photographers?"
The ease with which I eavesdrop on their lack of candor,
lack of exchange, causes my heart to ache, literally, to the
point of having to soothe it, or move away, or write this
down hoping for one trenchant comment -he sells, she buys,
lies! Now they realize I've heard the whole rigmarole: the
$2,000 pitch trimmed to $500, now asking whether there's a
phone to make a phony plea to someone - he is tall, just as
she is small -they should really call Butch from Gloucester
who claimed that at 110 lbs. he crawled into tunnels dug by
the Vietcong, to search out & destroy like a dachshund an
enemy, which had tactics of its own, including two sticks
with a thin wire strung between, dipped for good measure in
bullshit, then wrapped in silence around the neck of some
young, sleepy, unwary grunt, though by then he'd become a
junkie, his language advanced this quick phrase of truth,
Robert Gibbons has current work online in Conspire, The Drunken Boat,
Electric Acorn, Linnaean Street, pith, & Slow Trains.
He has work forthcoming in Cauldron & Net, Janus Head, Recursive Angel,
Tatlin's Tower, & Tragos.
A third print chapbook of prose poems, "This Vanishing Architecture," is
imminent from Innerer Klang Press, Charlestown, MA.
Potentially, might be ...