They say it is the best way to die: the hair’s soft waltz,
a prism giving up its hues. Pockets overfull with the stones
of old lessons. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to be president,
my mother used to say. We were always breathing
in our separate rooms. Just get by, yet I could feel
myself dying. Tonight her voice is asleep under the clay.
Across the wall, light unfurls – my neighbor returning
from his lover’s house already sipping at that dark that can
empty you. There are things worse than death we repeated then,
dead in our own skin, head propping up our fearful faces.
Michelle Lewis' poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Bennington Review, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Feminist Wire, among others, and she is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Who Will Be Frenchy? (dancing girl press, Fall 2016). She is currently a contributing writer for Drunken Boat. You can find out more about her at http://whitechicken.com/
Stefan Doru Moscu is an independent Romanian artist, born in 1982. His work covers both painting and sculpture. He studied Arts and Restauration-Conservation (polychrome wood restorer) at the Faculty of History and Heritage Nicolae Lupu of Lucian Blaga University from Sibiu, 2008. Doru Moscu participated as a painter in international group exhibitions at Projectspace of Group Global 3000, "The See"/"Vom Meer", Berlin, Germany; art contest "Art Takes Times Square", New York; GLO’ART, Belgium; SIGNS OF DEXTERITY ART MARKET BERLIN; Multipoint at Oravska Galeria in Slovakia; auction house Grimberg Gallery Bucarest; "Out of the ordinary" by Multipoint International Art Symposium in Univerzum Gallery from Nitra, Slovakia; Mirela Traistaru project at ArtSafari, Bucuresti and at the MOYA - Museum of Young Art, Vienna.