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Cover image: The Imaginations - by Jean-Paul Pecqueur

The Imaginations
by Jean-Paul Pecqueur

62 pages, soft cover, stapled

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Jean-Paul Pecqueur's first book, The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books. A chapbook, To Embrace Sea Monsters, was published by Greying Ghost Press. More recent poems have appeared in H_NGM_N, Sink Review, Vinyl, and Ping Pong. Originally from the pacific northwest, Jean-Paul currently teaches creative writing to fine arts students at the Pratt Institute and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

from The Imaginations


Queens County Public Library

While riding the morning subway
through ancient Greece
I witnessed a pair of fur boots
crouched upon the feet
of a charming asymmetrical blonde
who was reading “Meditations on Death”
blink on and off four times
in such rapid succession
that the young Russian in pinstripes
who had been stealing glances
since at least the ruins of Ephesus
dropped his annotated volume
of “The Principles of Personal Vision”
into the river of forgetting
out of which strode Teresa, a carbon
copy of Minerva, her hands full
of all the hidden secrets, evil eyes
and lurking dangers that may harm you.


After Magritte

In the egg’s armoire
Near the inner ear of the river
At the edge of coincidence
The titans of finesse

In the light of speech
Beside the phantoms of contemplation
Near the depths of love
The alphabet of delight

Before the madness of the storm
Nigh the storm’s lamp
In the brooding revelation
The hunters of affinities

With night’s election
The acrobats disarmed
The songs of objects
In the night of the night