In 'Flat Media', one of Andrew Szczurek recent poems, he transforms the 'flat' media form of writing into a collection of striking images that emerge from the screen to caress and haunt you. Beyond the beautiful abstract imagery and language is the writer's struggle with pen and paper, repeatedly illuminated with impressionistic lighting and music, forming a vivid, individual style.
It has come again, the pang
The hushing roar so absent and so bent
Yet in my daydreams ever present.
Universal silhouettes hang
The fluctuating lamps of crimson scent,
Whispering roar so absent and so bent,
Shaking still like a winter pheasant.
Contact, familiar gaiety, love
That I never felt but in those streets
Where fourth and fiftieth meet.
The long green coat, the leather glove
But imitation of your beats
In a psycho-silent background meets
The tired ground beneath my feet.
Flat media, you never cease.
My hopeful gaze, my helpless song
You swallow in your endless dawn.
Flat media, you bring me peace
Like no one else. I’m often wrong
About where my vapid limbs belong,
Where all drunk attention was drawn.
Silhouettes of gutter fairies dance,
As often they do – you follow sometimes,
When the background beasts align
Your demon’s eye and your human stance,
And you hear bright un-echoed chimes
And you assemble a dozen rhymes
And soon, again, I’ve made you mine.
Human, alas, you have nothing to give,
But shape to my sea impossibly deep –
I don’t need to exist and still you forget
My silent roar. You live to live.
You call me your muse, you weep
Blinded by pettiness and lack of sleep,
O childish friend, are you glad we met?
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Andrew is a student at Haverford College, PA, where he studies philosophy, physics and mathematics. In his free time he writes music and poetry with the ambition of becoming a professional musician/composer.