Branden Koch, “Romantic Sunset” (2018), ink on paper, 10.5 x 13 inches (image courtesy the artist)

Hush, baby, baby, baby, hush, no no no no don’t you cry!
Bob, turn the screw, align our spine
Spare us creaturesque pain.
Now derail this high-speed train!
Learn from this fair example – You
Whom savage sports delight
Bobby baby, Cruelty disgusts the view
While pity charms the sight.
Don’t leave us with nothing
We’re no children of Martian Summertimes
Nor Manifest Destinies.

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Branden Koch

Branden Koch was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2001, and an MFA from Bard College in 2005. His work has been exhibited in NYC at Regina Rex, Soloway...

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