Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 12 • Winter 2004 • Poetry

Met Roof Garden

Susan Stinson

for Thomas Struth

I see people through the window
of Roy Lichtenstein's house.
The woman in the red shirt
opens a bottle of water.
Her friend with the top knot takes notes,
unless she is writing a poem.

The man in the black cap
looks down. It's a shock
when he lifts the cap -- piles of blond hair.
This art sets off viewers so well.

Down in the Velázquez/Manet exhibit,
not far from the portrait I loved
of an elegant dwarf with a book,
the elderly lady had said something
quiet to her husband.
He was loud. "I don't see her.
Where? Where? Where?"
I met her eyes and unscrambled
her words about my face:
"There's a woman with a beard."

Back in the sculpture garden,
a man is taking my picture.

Another lets his bare belly show
as he reaches up in the shadow
of a looping sculpture. The sun is out.
People are smiling and echoing art.

It seems fair enough, for now,
to play along.

Susan Stinson's third novel, Venus of Chalk, was published in 2004 by Firebrand Books and named in a Book Marks syndicated column by Richard LaBonte as one of the top ten fiction books of 2004. Her other books are Martha Moody, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, and Belly Songs. Her livejournal can be found at www.livejournal.com/~susanstinson. A short story and an article about fat queer writers and artists is expected to appear in the December 2004 issue of Lambda Book Report, and she'll be reading in San Francisco on March 13, 2005 at the Writers With Drinks spoken word variety show. She is currently at work on a novel about eighteenth century preacher Jonathan Edwards. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Go To: Issue 12 or Lodestar Quarterly home page