Arlene Ang


Shaping her breasts with the palette,
I observe nothing is more sensual
than winter women under layers of wool.

The cleavage acquires color-scent
not unlike van Gogh's pubic swirls,
the hidden brush between legs

pressed against opaque stockings
can stroke me to stiffness with a pose.
Not stiletto heels or sandals,

but heavy boots camouflage feet
like aluminum tubes that ease out
slick paint I quiver to massage

into submission. As my hand curves
to sculpt her neck, trace slope of jaws,
I am fixated in mid-stroke by her naked frown.

Date of Birth: September 7, 1974
Location: Venice, Italy
Occupation: Translator, Web Designer
Publications: three candles, Poet's Canvas, Pierian Springs, Slow Trains, sidereality, Sometimes City, Stirring, The Paumanok Review, Peshekee River, etc.
Awards: Absinthe Literary Review 2002 Eros and Thanatos Prizewinner, Clean Sheets 2003 Poetry Contest 2nd Place Winner
Editor of: Italian Niederngasse

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