Poetry | Issue 1 (April 2023)

Van Gogh’s Ear

Jose Hernandez Diaz

Van Gogh cut off his ear.

What if he’d never cut off his ear?

Painting didn’t stop after Van Gogh.

What if it’d stopped after Cezanne?

What if it’d stopped after Kahlo?

After Carrington? Basquiat?

What if it’d stopped? His ear.

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020) and Bad Mexican, Bad American (Acre Books, 2024). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Cincinnati Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Nation, Poetry, The Progressive, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. He teaches, edits, and writes in Southeast Los Angeles. This is his first publication in India.