Goodbyes and Hellos

by Paul Haworth

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about

for

MICHAEL COPPELOV

written on the occasion of his exhibition

TEN YEARS TOO LATE

This is a list

Goodbyes and hellos

Colours mixed

Highs and lows

One-way tickets

Don’t-you-knows

From Glasgow

Ormskirk

Walthamstow

Whatever works

To make you not a worse impression

Of what you were

We are unfinished

And if this is a big ask

Be unembarrassed

Be ready to entertain

Tell a joke

Say goodbye

Be broke in the Smoke

And show no impulse control

Against a canvas that calls

“Michael! Michael!”

As darkness falls

On YouTube tutorials

How to paint

People

Animals

Buildings

Clouds and sky

Hello, sun-blue lives

A Hollywood pause

Hackney surprise

A prayer board

And a canvas primed for goodbyes

At gruesome Euston

Ring ring

A nuisance call

From Paul

That’s me

Your master guru guide

Completely unsolicited advice

For painting and life

Favourites and likes

Like

When someone asks

What kind of art do you make

Tell them fuck off

Do you have a studio

Fuck off

Do you make a living off it

Fuck off

This is London

A fuck off cityscape

That takes and takes

And maketh the man

A tomb effigy

Cigarette in one hand

In the other ice cream

From Iceland

Ice queen

Sunglass skinhead

Somewhere in between

Glam and am-dram

And a second five-year plan

Not working out as you planned

And so what

Can we not pack our lives in bin bags

Measured by the square metre

Years

Rejection letters and CV gaps

Those ones that laugh at white walls

Open calls

Pay to play

Are we having a ball

In this take-away town

Of Uber Eats up all day

Up and down Hoe Street

Where three worlds meet

At a bus-stop Utopia

Hot tubs

Graham Norton Shows

And applause

For those happy days and years

Followed by less than happy days and years

Until

A lick of paint

Dipped in national treasures

Firebombed

It gives me great pleasure

To introduce a goodbye to all that

At long last a goodbye

Work in progress

Goodbye out of focus goodbyes

Everything has changed

So if you’re not quite ready

A goodbye

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Cover painting by Michael michaelcoppelov.hotglue.me

credits

released May 5, 2018

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