"In the paintings, his models lounge, smoke or stare with their bellies and breasts out; they appear post-coitus, bored, reading or asleep—intimate poses that reveal the long exchange between artist and sitter."
"Otherwise, the binoculars can only be used
to enhance the view of what is already close.
The bell on the church (due to age, in disuse),
the branches of the one shrub in four
that's so far been pruned
the boys with their motorbikes, leaning against
the cool, white statue in the centre of town."