Written and Read by Maureen Paxton “The Sad Clown Stanczyk,” detail from a painting by Jan Matejko

Listerine Alley

I wish I’d taken a picture of the running shoes I saw this morning when I first poked my head through the laneway door of my studio.  They were women’s, black and grey with neon pink detail and sat side by side, tucked in towards the studio’s back wall.  A few inches away, somewhat hidden…

An Art Teacher

Lake Forever It’s a sunny afternoon and I’m standing at the edge of a lake that seems to go on forever.  Around me are thirty young students; they’re waiting for me to teach the first class of a drawing course.  I’m not the least bit prepared.  They’ve strung themselves out along an impossible length of…