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Laurie Joan Aron


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Inspired by a painting of French can-can dancer Jane Avril by Toulouse Lautrec

Jane Avril in October showers,
Draggled peau de soie and tulle,
Black on mustard, red and green,
Scaly boa twines swivelly hips.
A trunkful of can-can pleats and crinolines,
Icons of molded breasts, wooden monkeys,
A slinky toy that walked down stairs
One elephant foot at a time.

by Laurie Joan Aron.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Laurie Joan Aron has been a business reporter, collage artist and poet. She lives in New York.

 


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Dorcas:
A different turn! When I saw "avril" I thought of the New England pronouncing of the town of Haver Hill. But, I love this poem.
Posted 10/19/2014 12:36 PM
paradea:
I love ekphrastic poetry. Good one!
Posted 10/15/2014 09:06 AM
rhonasheridan:
a friend of mine -called Avril - was thrilled with the poem. It has quite made her day - even considering the (ahem) elephant feet!
Posted 10/15/2014 04:55 AM


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