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SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Seduced by Autumn

by J. M. Hall

from the overpass, grand
beech is halfway done

changing green for gold,
in a gentling diagonal.

Like a woman slipping
off a sundress, slow

because she doesn’t
mind if eyes linger.


SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

J. M. Hall

is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY, Queensborough. His current research focuses various historical and geographical lenses on philosophy’s boundaries, particularly the intersection of aesthetics, psychology, and social justice. His work in the arts includes one chapbook collection and 67 individual poems in literary journals internationally, including Ibbetson Street magazine, Main Street Rag, and Shampoo Poetry; and twenty years’ experience as a choreographer, instructor, and performer.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury