Kristiane Weeks-Rogers

End of the Avant Garde

Once I asked ghosts
not to haunt me.
I made a deal, I would stop
being a ghost
that haunts others, too.

“Let’s let each other be,” I said
but they haven’t answered, yet.

Their faces do talk flowers
as some distant drip-lined
painting–no, not Monet,
someone wetter.

In the meantime, I let mouths
carnations fill sour like citrus, watch
sun cross balcony,
Barnett Newman light-lines
cross mahogany floor
left to right,
left to right in slants

while a man outside
hurriedly gusts out
breaths of a cigarette,
then walks
across the railroad tracks.

Kristiane Weeks-Rogers is a poet, professor, and aesthete. She grew up around Lake Michigan and earned higher education degrees in Florida and Indiana. She recently earned her MFA at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches as a Writing Seminar instructor for B.A. students. Her poetry has been most recently seen in The Blue Nib, The Adirondack Review, SurVision, and The Sunflower Collective. Her chap-collection of fifteen poems called Becoming Skeletons was published in 2018 by the University of Houston as the second-place winner of the inaugural Casa Cultural de las Americas Poetic Bridges Contest.