Wild Goose Poetry Review

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Helen Losse, Before Photoshop

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Helen Losse
—after a photo by Robert Canipe

“The wire behind the house
kept the photo from being perfect,”
said the photographer, though he didn’t
put it quite like that; he mumbled
something about a “damn wire,”
but that’s what he meant.

Above the trees in the foreground,
blackened to sacred by time of day,
a small touch of blue sky,
yellow & gray above that—
in clouds that gently roll—
then other clouds like billowing fire:
red-orange & charred black.

Below the awning of the window
through which the photo was
obviously taken, the color of sky itself
had become reason enough to live,
even before Photoshop.

Bio: Helen Losse is the author of two full length poetry books, Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011), Better With Friends (Rank Stranger Press, 2009), and three chapbooks. Her third book Facing a Lonely West: Poems About Loss will be released from Main Street Rag in 2014.

Written by wildgoosepoetryreview

November 15, 2013 at 2:03 am

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16 Responses

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  1. Very nice. I like the picture I’m seeing

    KC Bosch

    November 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

  2. Great poem Helen! I enjoyed it.


    November 15, 2013 at 4:34 am

  3. I remember hearing you read this! Congrats on your publication:)


    November 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  4. Good poem, Helen!


    November 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  5. I really enjoyed this poem, Helen. To me it shows what is important and not important, and the real world we live in has beauty that doesn’t have to be enhanced by artificial means.


    November 18, 2013 at 5:27 am

  6. What a great poem. I thoroughly enjoyed the reminder that the simplicity of an untouched photo is more than sufficient. A photo is a moment in time preserved forever. It doesn’t need to be altered or controlled or the moment is lost. Excellent!

    Staci Lynn Bell

    November 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  7. Helen, nice poem! Love, “blackened to sacred by time of day”
    – Karen

    Karen Paul Holmes

    November 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  8. I love the “color of sky itself” being reason to live.

    Douglas Anne McHargue

    January 22, 2014 at 12:01 am

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