Justin Runge is the author of Plainsight (New Michigan Press, 2012) and Hum Decode (Greying Ghost Press, 2014). His criticism has been featured by Black Warrior Review and Pleiades, and his poetry has been published in Best New Poets 2013, Cincinnati Review, Sycamore Review, Poetry Northwest, Salt Hill, DIAGRAM, and other journals.
21 flesh color absence lineation and left alone in favor of foliage clogging foreground my inaccuracies never become forests like this winter helps the artist covet sky less it’s honest a gray third call it good
Editor’s note: This poem is part of a sequence “In the Orchard,” responding to every piece in Andrew Wyeth’s “The Helga Pictures,” a collection of over 240 images in tempera, drybrush, watercolor and pencil depicting a single woman – Helga Testorf. Read other pieces from the sequence at The Maynard.
[image: In the Orchard (Helga in orchard) 1972 | Andrew Wyeth]