a poem by Irma Kiss
There. And there.
Some lingering scent. Unwashable.
Nostril in quivers and shudders of impatience.
Time stands still - a horse shot to death.
A gelatinous time with trapped sounds.
Insects caught in a net,
turning to dust between fingers.
an unwavering image
in the back of the eye.
An inaudible voice
before the heavy head hits the pillows.
the last conscious thought
of a tired mind.
An itch in the fingertips,
a sudden burst of heat.
a taste of water,
an aftertaste of kiss.
A constant presence.
A room in one's mind.
“To read and to write are like drinking water. And i am always thirsty... “ - Irma Kiss
About the author:
I was born in 1978, in the small town of Hunedoara, in western Romania. I am bilingual in Romanian and Hungarian, as I am of Hungarian ethnicity. I have completed my studies in Romania, with a BA and and MA in English and Romanian Philology. I have been teaching English to students aged 10-18. I am currently teaching English grammar and literature at Iancu de Hunedoara National College and I am preparing students for Cambridge, Lelts and Toefl exams. I also published a book of grammar exercises for students: Practice Makes Perfect, in 2015. Writing is a hobby that I practice whenever I feel that simple communication cannot express the load of emotions that are trying to free themselves and be born.
About the artist:
I am an emerging acrylic artist based in Santa Fe, NM. A life-changing sojourn in Japan and especially experiencing the ability of the Japanese people to "make space" inside no matter the surrounding noise, greatly influences my work. As a modern abstract expressionist, my work starts with mark-making to form a base, then continues with a multi-layering process moving between dark and light, adding and then subtracting, as I explore the experience of alternating constriction and expansion, of finding space to breathe amid the tangling nature of human relationships. The result is abstract imagery with a strong underlying structure.
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