Wednesday, April 22, 2015

W. A. Polf: Lunch at the Dahesh

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,
Young Girl Going to the Spring
(The Water Girl), 1885.
W. A. Polf's story, "Lunch at the Dahesh," is featured in the upcoming summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, a story of contrasting tastes for art and their impact—if you allow it—upon love and relationship.

Mark’s artistic sense was intuitive and emotional; he felt it in his gut. As a student, he had wept on his first visit to the Impressionist gallery at the Met. Sheila studied art with a scholarly focus; her approach was more disciplined, relying on a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of artistic composition. She appreciated the skill it demanded. Artists are seeking perfection, she believed. She wanted to parse that perfection into components she could understand.

W. A. Polf retired as a long-time hospital executive in New York City to write short stories in North Carolina. A native Californian, he lived in Manhattan for more than thirty years. His story, “Chickens,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Milo Review. “Chickens” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train 2013 Short Story Awards for New Writers, and won an honorable mention. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Magical Ballyglass and Other Stories.

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