Five Poems, by Chad Heltzel.
The Latent Image
1. Grand Canyon Triptych
2. Mathew Brady Reflects on a Daguerreotype from President Jackson’s Last Year of Life
To make a daguerreotype, a silver surface must be mirror-polished.
The resulting image is negative, but the surface reflects the image
to appear positive. The portrait will have no duplicates.
Therefore, a government should preserve its dead. After years
of living history, a face becomes a landscape of ghosts.
Not only the face, but also the surface— time’s mistakes.
As if generating from the face itself. As if they alone
A fortune rests in preserving lines, lost eyes and names.
3. After Louis Daguerre’s “Boulevard du Temple,” 1832
Chad Heltzel's poems have appeared in Faultline, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, The Literary Bohemian, and Hamilton Stone Review. He is a co-editor of the online journal Little Red Leaves and poetry editor of Packingtown Review. He currently lives in Chicago.