Aphelion Issue 229, Volume 22
June 2018
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Pictorial Space

by Jonathan Beale

‘I used to think that pictorial space wasn’t that important. Slowly I began to realise it is much more important than we think – than I thought previously, anyway – because it makes the viewer begin to see the world in another way, perhaps a clearer way. We can’t all be seeing the same thing; we are all seeing something a bit different.’
David Hockney

The surface reels around
Drawing and repelling
Playing and ignoring
The external world spewing problems
That the senses cannot solve

Geometry is half relation
To every other dimension
The key to turn
The combination
Rewritten in any order

Another order – flip,
Trip, jump, and jive.
Open the door that leads…
To the garden?
Deserts are keepers of space.

In the garden for instance
The light drops down
In perfect accident
Glimmering and glistening
Until the stars are…

Pictorial space
The product of where eyes
Cross – Bertrand Russell’s
Table for instance
Singularly unique

And yet somehow universal
to all. As light, Fading perceptions,
‘because it makes the viewer
begin to see the world in another way,
perhaps a clearer way.’

2017 Jonathan Beale

Jonathan Beale studied Philosophy and lives in Surrey. He has numerous poems published in over 50 journals around the world. His work can be found in such books as ‘Drowning’ and ‘The Poet as Sociopath’ (Scar publications). His first collection of poetry, ‘The Destinations of Raxiera’ is published by Hammer & Anvil, and is included in Macabristas d'Honneur
His second volume is looking for a publisher, and he is currently working on his third volume. 
His work has recently been published in Anti Heroin Chic, Dissident Voices, Red Fez, Sheepshead Review, Aphelion, Linnets Wing, aaduna, Horror Sleaze Trash, Bluepepper, Yagrasil, et al.

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