Kathleen Hogan

Poets biography

Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Her poetry has been published in Panoplyzine, Indolent Books What Rough Beast, Above The Bridge: The First Decade, and the Nancy Drew Anthology published by Silver Birch Press. She is a member of the Bloom Reading Series committee in her Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City.

Cubist Dreams

Steaming water hits my neck,
runs down the center of my back.
I quiver as it flows over
the spot where all
lonely moments hide.

Mosaic rays shine
through flamingo curtains.
In the time it takes
for an eyelash to fall to a cheek,
a few pink glints skip
over the blue tiles
and I want to tango.

I have walked with Picasso
down the Gothic Quarter’s
cobbled lanes, secretly attempting
to stay just a fraction ahead of him.
Not enough so he’d notice
but enough to know I won.

And I said, “No!”, when he asked
me to bare one breast,
afraid it would end up in a casket,
painted purple with a yellow nipple,
and that I would never be the same.

Lost

How do you find
your shadow in the dark
when you are afraid
of the spotlight’s shine?

I have been a barren earth,
whose clouds unleash
teems of water, moisture
that hits like the death
of a child with rosy cheeks.

Fear touches
with skeletal fingers
that paint undecipherable
symbols on my face.
I try to imagine they tell
of how I stood tall under
the hanging tree
with eyes wide open
but know they are
the air that passes
through a window.