Analog Beauty – Jordan Trethewey


Dad’s Second Canvas

My father doesn’t understand small scale.
His preferred medium, sculpting softwood
logs with a chainsaw, his first painting:
a 32” X 40” anybody-can-do-that piece
of abstract expressionist splatter.

I asked for it to encourage new exploration.
It hangs in my stairwell, peripherally
gathering dust while our lives pass by.

Dad hung his second and last canvas,
in his childhood home for his mother
after his father’s death. It was an if-
I-can-do-it-you-can-do-it-you-can-too
gesture—                                  
coaxing her toward a new hobby—an
edge- to-         edge 
close-up of a stand of white birch trunks huddled 
together during harsh winter in which one of their number
succumbed,                               snapping in a freeze/
thaw/freeze cycle after enduring a lifetime bending
in shifting winds.

Grammie followed Grampa before her heart surgery
ended. The brushed birch returned to the artist, who
propped it appropriately near a his wood stove until it
f
  e
    l
       l
sustaining a perfect, 90-degree incision. Dutifully patched,
it hangs unceremoniously beside the downstairs commode,
continuing to float through the dust of unassuming lives.


Analog Beauty

little hands-
calcium cogs making
miniature crystal movements


fluttery fingers-
bug legs exploring
dirt, then walls

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey is a writer and editor living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Some of his work found a home here, and in other online and print publications such as Burning House Press, Visual Verse, CarpeArte Journal, Califragile, and is forthcoming in The Blue Nib and Fishbowl Press. His poetry has also been translated in Vietnamese and Farsi.

About the contributor

Related Articles

Bhodi Tims: In Search of Blue

Bhodi Tims' The Acoustic Properties of Ancient People was published by Finishing Line Press.

Featured Poet Audrey Molloy

Poetry by Audrey Molloy, recipient of the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Listowel Writers' Week Award for Irish Poem of the Year and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

The Odyssey of a Sigh, Mark Tarren

THE ODYSSEY OF A SIGH We exhale in the theory of leaving our bodies when the theft of absence  is so great  the...

More Like This

Poetry by Charles G Lauder

Looking Back The moment was a colossus we built up to, at first with wheelbarrows of sand to mix the mortar, simple bamboo scaffolding, then, as tension mounted,...

Isobel Cunningham. Summer On The Canadian Shield

Isobel Cunningham's poetry has appeared in Rat's Ass Review, The Lake and Silver Birch Literary Review.

Poetry- Kate Ennals

An Invitation Come, Father, let’s wander London’s dark skies, sit by the river, watch dusk silt and slide, salute and swirl a glass of ruby red wine. Let’s...

What We Learnt From Vitruvian Man by Joe Williams

Joe Williams is a writer and performing poet from Leeds.

Bhodi Tims: In Search of Blue

Bhodi Tims' The Acoustic Properties of Ancient People was published by Finishing Line Press.