A Late Elegy For Isabella Gardner
Fatally gorgeous, you lie in the narrow bed
Alone, moonlight drenching your sizzling bones.
Do you dream again of that milk man’s clink
Or have you had enough at last to drink?
It’s one of those spontaneous shots
that came out wrong but better
because there you are at the bottom half
anchored to the green, fecund earth
of solid reality
and then the phase shift
diagonally down the middle, a
kind of schism or transition
from the Akron, Ohio
sort of reality
into a realm of luminous ,
like the Kabbalah’s Adam Kadmon
exuding light in all directions,
an accidental bodhisattva,
still you but more than you,
your aura, the nimbus smear
subsuming your body.
So you slide the photo into a plastic
sleeve of the album you’re working on,
close the covers and think hard
on what it means to so drift
from one such dimension that other
and when it might happen
Louis Gallo’s work has appeared or will shortly appear in Southern Literary Review, Fiction Fix, Glimmer Train, Hollins Critic,, Rattle, Southern Quarterly, Litro, New Orleans Review, Xavier Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Texas Review, Baltimore Review, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Ledge, storySouth, Houston Literary Review, Tampa Review, Raving Dove, The Journal (Ohio), Greensboro Review,and many others. Chapbooks include The Truth Change, The Abomination of Fascination and Status Updates. He is the founding editor of the now defunct journals,The Barataria Review and Books: A New Orleans Review. He teaches at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.