The Gilded Age
— a poem by Ivan Jenson

Nobody really
or escorts you 
they are far
too focused on 
the impression
they are making
on the wet
plaster of a moment
and then when
the present 
into the past
they pretend to
pay homage
to the now 
bronzed monumental
memories left behind
but really they are 
mostly studying 
their own molded
features and 
at who they 
once were
and then 
of course
as an afterthought
they reflect on
your reflected 

Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and HaloPoetry Super HighwayMad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson's debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.  A collection of Ivan Jenson's drawings and poetry will soon be published by Hen House Press, New York.