Kofi Fosu Forson: At a Loft Party in Soho, I Stare at David Hockney Painting

Russian bath house, sophisticated women bathe men, egg yolk and water
Black Elvis holds court at a country club playing guitar, country blues
Where would he call home, Washington Square or streets of Nashville?
At night he dreams of Las Vegas, classical Mona Lisa and her muse Matteo
Dance to Joy Division. Sweat seeps into her skin as she forms a pirouette
Wonder why there’s no money in art; would he be curator at a gallery
Round up no-name graffiti artists put them up in Chelsea’s Brian Leo Projects
Blood he had shed, was it for fame, uploading street fights on social media
As if he were soldier who went to war, spraying machine guns, tagging names
Brooklyn-born black painters who vacation Germany, paint still-life in the Bronx
Open a bottle of champagne; celebrate celebrity skin; call yourself art stars
Began with palette knife; in the afterlife, where do you find your significant other
Match at Match.com; what would be your opening line, Shakespeare sonnet
Or let words flow like MC Snoop Dog; imitate style and vice of Viggo Schnabel
Cougars waltz in German Kokoshckas dressed in bathing suits sipping Manhattans
Black Jew in a Wes Anderson film, if not African American punk in a Jim Jarmusch
Speak mother tongue, Mandarin, read David Foster Wallace in Hong Kong hotel
Gather thoughts as Buddhist, crown yourself Catholic, leave behind a cross

Kofi Fosu Forson


Kofi Fosu Forson is originally from Ghana. He has written and directed plays for Riant Theater. His play Alligator Pass was nominated for Arnold Weissberger Award. His collaborations include Gender, Space, Art and Architecture, a video project with Transvoyeur (Liverpool, England) and Dismember the Night, a thread poetry and photography project at Tribes Gallery with NYC Artist, Dianne Bowen. Among his published works are Three Rooms Press’ NYC 1 and NYC 2 and Maintenant 10, alongside Great Weather for Media’s Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Anti-Heroin Chic, Full of Crow Press and Flapperhouse.

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