LOUIS DAGUERRE, BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE (1839)

 

First ever photograph.

First figure in a lens.

 

A man on the sidewalk,

paused on his walk.

 

One foot upon what?

A bench?

 

The pot of a potted tree?

Not a tree at all?

 

A shoe shine?

Two men then?

 

Too far away.

Too small.

 

Mystery monsieur,

who are you?

 

Four-time Pushcart Prize as well as Best of the Net nominee, J.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s.He is coauthor of PEACH GIRL: POEMS FOR A CHINESE DAUGHTER (Grayson Books) and author of BEAUTIFUL DAY, forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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