Les Tarot de Marseille
Pull three paperpulp cards
and place them on the table.
LE DIABLE makes a gesture
destined to hold us here, apart.
The angel of LA MOUREUX
aims his arrow, drawing us together.
FORCE gets her hands dirty:
no longer a matter of gesturing
but of putting pressure on reality –
the thumb that crushes a piece of clay.
Matthew Schultz teaches Irish Studies and Creative Writing at Vassar College where he also directs the Writing Center. His son, Arthur, painted this image with watercolor and sand on construction paper when he was four years old. He is now six and an avid skateboarder. See more of his work in 9.2