PoetryIssue 17 | March 2013

Amsterdam II : Scarring the Plate

by Rimas Uzgiris

—at the Rembrandt House Museum

We walked into etched graven acid bath plates of cut up copper in the house decked out with wandering poison peddlers three trees Jesus cloudy skies whose light in tender metal lines breaks through one two three angels consoling a risen pissing beggar Christ on the copse to Golgotha cutting softly through the plate in outlying canals by which a Sephardic doctor reads solemnly under a gathering storm a skull a windmill a bridge to Egypt where the family holiday night donkey ride takes us to a fiddling husband ragged wife team begging the dog eyed Jesus soulful simian banker who sports a Rembrandt gray van chiaroscuro beard dimpled chin Rijn making printed paper breathe with horny satyrs climbing feminine thighs and bearded old men with eyes streaming shadows in which dusty dogs lick themselves all for love in this world assaulted by the marching armless clock in a bankrupt studio auction sold down to the bones of wrinkle-eyed compassion but still sending the chosen few to copper pauper paper apotheoses in the kingdom of acid graving slashed drypoint needle scars an apartment needing light preferably northern exposure but we are too late for the artist believing in this world under the sign of love swinging like a Dutch door gone fishing for over-priced omelets at Rembrandt Corner Café where you sketched canal boats bobbing up and down the water flowing stop please water waiter artist portrait maker who said let me take your photograph and now kiss one way to get a good tip do what you can on a cold day with the wind blowing napkins away.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok