marlene mountain
other-line sequences
georgia 1970


sumi-e lesson

sumi painter's house
he draws a cockscomb
frogs and mosquitoes wander in

sumi painter
studies the paper
his brush surprises him

while he draws
lines of a pepper
his wife mixes tea

in his drawing, he mutters
then crumples the paper

pleased with his drawing
he tacks it to the wall
like a child

speaking of lines
he draws them
to show us


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