Issue 16 · 2012




A Poem


by Paul Siegell








Shining vibrant triangles over the square root of a diamond in

the rough, a bathtub of light bulbs—When he felt that no one

was looking, the Candy Man ran amok in the carnival garden

under Matisse’s mattress. All through the tunnels and grottos,

he crafted sweet reminders of a life engaged with inspiration,

while Isaiah Zagar wondered, “What happens when you look

inside?” South Street’s Magic Garden scavenger hunt. Elated,

like something astounding’s happening: We direct electricity.

Off a wall, Isaiah expressed, “Your light excels by shattering.

I collide. I can’t imagine a more exquisite wedding for a ring.”










Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry and a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly.  He is online at