Much like the model
in Duchamp’s famous painting,
I’m nude at a table
on a balcony in Montmartre.

Unlike Duchamp’s model
I’m not descending,
but seated at the table
eating Rainier cherries
while skillfully spitting pits
out to the street of cobblestone
below.

I’m excited to be nude
on this balcony tonight
in humid weather, eating
these cherries for my art.
Thanks to Duchamp and to his cubist innovation,
I present my scene from multiple perspectives:
my nakedness at table;
the shine of yellow-red cherries;
pits as they fly from my mouth.
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Lance Rocks has been writing and performing all his life. He earned an MFA in Playwriting and a PhD in Contemporary Theatre at the University of California at Davis. He wrote advertising copy professionally for 20 years. During the 1980s Lance toured with his one-man show, "The Wisdom of Southern California," playing at bookstores, coffee houses, and libraries across that region. Now retired, Lance spends his days writing. He also shoots photography and produces short videos for streaming on the Web.

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