try to keep a brave face:
roses, inoffensive streams
and mountains, harmless pitchers
and eager-to-please fruit
bowls tremble in the window, insisting
that with just a shift of Art World
winds they could be hanging
in the Louvre or selling
for 4.3 million or sitting
in someone’s attic
waiting to be discovered.
Gary Charles Wilkens received his PhD in Literature/Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2010. Currently an Assistant Professor of English at Norfolk State University in Virginia, he was the winner of the 2006 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize for his first book, The Red Light Was My Mind. His website is here.