from “The Woman in an Imaginary Painting”

by | Mar 4, 2020 | Poetry

Perhaps her mother
had an affair
with the artist.

Perhaps her father
owed him money.
Perhaps the sunlight

on her hair
shone just so.
We don’t know.

Perhaps, if we
wait long enough
she will tell us.

from "The Woman in an Imaginary Painting" by Tom Montag

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About The Author


Tom Montag’s books of poetry include: Making Hay & Other Poems; Middle Ground; The Big Book of Ben Zen; In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013; This Wrecked World; The Miles No One Wants; Love Poems; Seventy at Seventy and The River Will Tell You (forthcoming). His poem ‘Lecturing My Daughter in Her First Fall Rain’ has been permanently incorporated into the design of the Milwaukee Convention Center. He blogs at The Middlewesterner. With David Graham he recently co-edited Local News: Poetry About Small Towns.