Paul Klee, Drafted at 35
for David Miller
         World War I, a red piece of paper from the German government: Klee
must enter the infantry. Issued a helmet removed from a corpse. Transfers
to flying school, varnishes wings. Transfers to another flying school, works
in the paymaster's office, finally has his own office. Planes have canvas
skin. After the planes crash and the dead are dislodged Klee rushes to the
field to cut off pieces of canvas. He paints in a drawer he'll shut, hearing
anyone approach.
John Levy


Kater Murr's Press, London, 1998.  Edition of 200 copies.
reprinted from Something Less Balanced, tel-let, 1996
Copyright John Levy, 1996, 1998