Two Poems by Carson Pytell

These two poems by Carson Pytell explore the complexities of the mind and heart by way of sensory experiences from which it is concluded that the heart and mind are not separate from, but supplemental to one another…

by: Carson Pytell

How You Can Tell

I love you the way the blind can scarcely tell the
differences between half dollars and double eagles.

It’s in your millimeters I find the matters which do,
and if I put on you any pressure, all you do is bend.

Strangers would see you with me and I’d hear them
expressing impressions of such joy and jealousy.

If you were a half dollar, even a good one; silver,
people would still see you as clad, not knowing.

But I would. Silver has a certain sound, some ring,
just not quite high pitched as your clarion cha-ching.

And, what’s best: like how most people don’t know
the blind can differentiate between bright and dark,

gold never loses its luster, silver does. Be buried,
and still I can dig you out of the dirts of memory,

wipe you off gently, hold you up to the sun,
and wait til you hit my eye and I see you again.


The Storm (or Why I Am a Painter Too)

It is a painting,
not by anyone famous,
but I nearly stopped writing
its poem because of what it said.

One flaky, strand board panel,
no background color at all,
just tailed dots facing one way
like sperm cells or meteors,
crowded, overlapping, fighting;
white, baby blue, grey, black.

It made me realize Mallarmé
wasn’t exactly right, that
arts are synergistic, and
that I’m a painter too.


Carson Pytell is a writer living outside Albany, NY whose work has appeared in numerous venues online and in print, including Artifact Nouveau, Perceptions Magazine, NoD Magazine, Rabid Oak and White Wall Review, among others. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Coastal Shelf, and his short collection, First-Year (Alien Buddha Press, 2020) and chapbook, Trail (Guerrilla Genesis Press, 2020) are now available. In December 2020 he is slated to participate in the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project.

2 replies on “Two Poems by Carson Pytell”
  1. says: Arthur Rosch

    I would so love to see that painting. How can that happen? Most of us are multi-media people; for me it’s music, dance, photography, writing. I’m going on a search for more material by Carson Pytell. Well done, amigo (amiga?).

    1. says: Carson


      Carson here. Been trying to get a hold of you through your blogs so I could thank you privately, but couldn’t manage. Anyway, thank you very much!

      In fact, and it may just help prove the poem right, The Storm is still in progress. Currently about halfway through but the largest painting I’ve undertaken thus far at six by four feet.

      Please feel free to contact me privately through my website (I believe it can be found with a quick Google) and reach out! I’d love to keep you posted on its progress since you’ve expressed interest.


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