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  February 2006
volume 4 number 1
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  Daniel Gallik
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  Kenneth Gurney
  Roger Humes
  Amber Jacob
  Marianne LaValle-Vincent
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  Gary Lehmann
  Dave Nordling
  Aire Celeste Norell
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  David W. Rushing
  Dahn Shaulis
  Durlabh Singh
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  Amy Upham
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Gary Lehmann
February 2006



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    Gary Lehmann teaches writing and poetry at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has been the Writer in Residence at Roberts Wesleyan College. His poetry and short stories are widely published -- about 60 pieces a year. He is the director of the Athenaeum Poetry Group. When not writing or teaching, he works on becoming an amateur shoemaker.




(to Balzac after Paul-Cesar Heller’s Standing Woman with Red Hair)

Walking through the park, I came upon a hideous hag, all bent over and scarred.
She wore a red carabin beauty mark on her cheek, which I recall having seen before.

“Carabin?” I enquired gently leaning over with great pity for the wretched thing.
“No,” came the firm reply, “Carabin is no more. This is all her beauty has left me.”

Ten years ago, Carabin was the prettiest cortesan in Paris, this beauty mark her chevron.
I hurried home, too shocked even to think to leave a few coins in her basket.

Now I am the finest courtesan in Paris. I looked over my shoulder at her.
The pigeons, surrounding her frail body, were waiting to pick at her flesh.

copyright 2006 Gary Lehmann