Funny Business
A Special Edition of The East Village

Ray DiPalma


A swimming pool in one corner
an Etruscan vase in another
the surface of the painting
in the third place makes a wall where the eye
stops and the image in the painting
makes another -- it took weeks
to suggest a fraction of a second

Out of the into the light
the same sequence nine times
then the same sequence seven times
for the diagonal that tells me when
to begin and the partition
that tells me where to end