Ezra Stoller

by Gary Hardaway

We aspired to Ezra Stoller photos
of our work. None of us made the grade
before his death, by stroke, 2004.

While good, his eye made the famous
more famous and a few, unknown, known.
Modern buildings look beautiful

captured by his lens and plates
before humidity and hydrocarbons
smudge the crisp clean lines

and render the Platonic longings real.
Who triumphs by a trick of light
can suffer as the angles shift through time.