Charles D. Tarlton
If I could just get in there
ahead of the brush, and show
where the colors need to go,
I could tell the picture's story
explain how it was going.
It turns out to be something
I always knew; what red was,
how green scaffolding went up,
which inaugurating gestural
pushes with the brush to use.
Charles D. Tarlton is a retired university professor now living in Northampton, Mass.,
and writing poetry and flash fiction since 2006. His poems have appeared in:
Jack Magazine, Shampoo, Review Americana, Tipton, Barnwood, Abramelin, Simply Haiku, Haibun Today,
Ink, Sweat, and Tears, Atlas Poetica, Blue and Yellow Dog, Shot Glass, Sketchbook, Skylark,
Six Minute Magazine, Cricket Online Review, Red Booth Review, Linden Avenue Literary Journal,
Inner Art Journal, Prune Juice, Rattle, and Blackbox Manifold.
He has also published a poetry e-chapbook in the 2River series, entitled, "La Vida de Piedra y de Palabra" (a free translation of Neruda); a tragic historical western in poetry and prose, "Five Episodes in the Navajo Degradation;" in Lacuna, and "The Turn of Art", a short poetical drama pitting Picasso against Matisse, composed in verse and prose, which appeared in Fiction International.