Anton Pooles was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia, and lives in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto and the author of the chapbook Monster 36 (Anstruther Press, 2018).
"These poems are inspired by the works of Vincent Van Gogh. 'Night Café' also draws on a letter Vincent wrote to his brother, Theo Van Gogh, on September 8, 1888, during Vincent's six-month stay in Arles."
Night Prowlers do not care about time and time does not care about them;
it moves forward regardless.
They refuse to accept the new day, as do I — though I may give in when my bottle is empty.
The Café is dangerous after midnight; there is a clash and contrast of the most alien
reds and greens. Colours compete as people do.
I made a painting of the café in hopes of understanding the rivalry of colours.
It is one of the ugliest I have done and it makes me sick to my stomach.
Ginoux asked me if I’m feeling alright, I answered — yes, I’m fine,