Stanley Kaplan has published poetry in a number of journals, including Onthebus, Midstream, Chiron Review, Ragazine, Mobius and Quiet Courage with others forthcoming. He lives in New York City where he paints as well as writes. He is the recipient of a Pollack- Krasner Foundation grant.
His paintings can be seen on their web site, pkf.org
THE ANXIOUS SUPPLICANT by Stanley Kaplan
Defining corners, edges,
still things disappear.
The witness roustabout
reorders the century,
curating bones and basics.
The stars fold and unfold.
And the anxious supplicant
is afraid of the dark.
ROUNDELAY by Stanley Kaplan
What provender is provided the routine spirit. The roundelay sung to the end of the sound
is an atonal artifact.
Wither the secluded man? The celebrated fan banging pots and pans, who jigs on Jay's show.
When he ascended from the cellar, he wept publicly on Chanel Four.
GIDDY SECONDS by Stanley Kaplan
I had no objection to sending the money, but requisitioning a formal demand! Spit on the devil
and see where it gets you. I had no objective in mind, except to be ostentatiously kind.
I had no mind. Increasingly the illness had set in. The giddy seconds.
The lesson plan from the city of Cinabar said that it would take two years to reach the Sprightly
Falls. Two years!
We summarize a life. Who was that coffin I saw you with last night? That was no coffin that was
the balm of gratitude.