Monday, 28 November 2016

Coming up this week Forty-Four Image Poems by Norman J. Olson

front cover by the author
Norman J. Olson, the artist, writer and poet lives in Maplewood, Minnesota. His images have been reproduced in dozens of art and literary magazines and publications throughout the world.

Longing for quiet and stability, Norman avoids personal contacts with the public. His art is driven by the compulsion and obsession of a man who prefers his own company. In spite of this self-imposed seclusion, Norman J. Olson  is becoming an artistic underground legend.

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Extract:

walking down Freemont Street at 7 a.m.


on this cold February morning…  the gray
floor looks deader than the corpse
of the moon…  only me and
a Japanese tourist walk between
the pathetic blinking lights
of washed out casinos…

a beggar in a power wheelchair looks
like a bundle of rags with a rattling cup…

a crippled pigeon scrabbles
sideways
across the gray floor,
limping like all the
sadness
in the history of the universe…

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