Poems of the Week

The Heist of Absurdity

by Alex Steelsmith

“A German woman turned herself in for a brazen art theft,
but claims she lost the painting [by Pieter Aertsen].”

Pieter Aertsen… [was] called Lange Piet (‘Tall Pete’) because of his height.”

Frustrated, flustrated
German authorities
weren’t inclined to be-
lieve her at all,

knowing that maybe the
tale that she told, like the
artist, was tall.