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Self-Portrait (A Poem by Rachel Hadas)



Afternoon the time. The season winter.
In the studio, light thick as cream.
flickers through a barely noticed window
taken for granted, as we do with daylight.
Behind the figure, a sketched mantelpiece;
in front of it a canvas
whose back we see-its wooden frame, its staples.

In the center of the composition
a face-intent, dark, female, more or less.
A left hand holds a brush up to the canvas,
hovering close to it but not quite touching,
poised to revise the image of a self.

That face both is and isn't looking out at us,
is and isn't looking at itself;
is looking and not looking both at once
into the frame, the mirror,
the window of the canvas, the red sweater,
that irreplaceable moment in the room
of which I am a witness,
that square of silence. Call it afternoon.

-Rachel Hadas, Professor of English at Rutgers University

The American Scholar, Summer 2013, Page 42
Credit to the Editor, Robert Wilson

ETA: Credit to Tgrbaitn08 for the correction.



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ClientNumber9
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K, thanks.





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tgrbaitn08
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Univeristy








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Y.A. Tittle
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This makes me miss lammo's poems.





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fr33manator
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Haha. She can't even rhyme.
Silly women trying poetry.







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IWHI





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Rachel Hadas


IWNHI







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TH3 LSU TIG3R
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Y.A. Tittle
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Univeristy






Poetic license, bruh.






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My fault. SabiDojo






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Aftershock
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In the center of the composition a face-intent, dark, female, more or less.


So, ugly.






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SabiDojo
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I read it this morning and I thought someone on here might enjoy it. I'm sorry you didn't like it, Dark One.






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Darth_Vader
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I'm sorry you didn't like it, Dark One.


It's alright Sith are not known for their appreciation of the arts.






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drunkenpunkin
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WTH did I just read? What's he holding?

And F you people. My poem is awesome!






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SabiDojo
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And F you people. My poem is awesome!



Structure is very important in poetry.

Your poem does not have proper structure.

Please fix.






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Darth_Vader
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If she'd have just stayed at home like I told her to....


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drunkenpunkin
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Um, no. I disagree and will be leaving it as is.

Be gone, Mr. J. Evans Pritchard, PhD.






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