THE EVOLVING CITY
MOUNT ROYAL STATION, BALTIMORE
Now an art school,
wield blow torches
in the old ticket window.
Clay is thrown,
live nudes pose
where once, in the real world,
only statues stood.
The tower clock is stopped at noon.
This train is always boarding,
but the track is kept in good repair,
and sometimes even an old freight appears
under the rusted iron shed.
the locomotive throws massive shadows,
and the afternoon sun is flat
on bright cars from Santa Fe.
In cab and caboose
sit soot-faced engineers and switch men.
One glances up from his ancient girlie magazine
at a drawing class in progress
on the platform:
green and orange mohawks bend over sketch books,
young men with pierced lobes and nostrils,
women in combat boots wearing outer-underwear
and a bearded model in knee-length leather
John Peacock (Harvard
B.A., Columbia Ph.D.) is Rinehart Critic-in-Residence and Professor
of Language, Literature, and Culture at the Maryland Institute College
of Art, Baltimore. He is a former Wesleyan University Mellon Fellow,
University of Antwerp Fulbright Lecturer, and grantee of the American
Philosophical Society and the Montgomery Council Maryland Arts and Humanities
Council. His essays have appeared in New Art Examiner, Literature/Film
Quarterly, and Ethnohistory. His fiction has appeared
in Gulf Stream Magazine, and his poetry in Fourteen by
Four and the Takoma and Silver Spring Voice newspapers
in Montgomery County, MD. An enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota
Nation in Fort Totten, North Dakota, his writing in English and the
endangered Dakota language has been exhibited at the Minnesota History
Center and published in American Indian Quarterly and in Studies
in American Indian Literatures.
Published in Volume
8, Number 4, Fall 2007.