Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry by Elizabeth Knapp with Mobile Photographer Eliza Badoiu


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Self-Portrait as Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Account’ by Elizabeth Knapp. She is the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. The recipient of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Literal Latté Poetry Award, the Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review, and a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship, she is currently an associate professor of English at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives.


I have matched Eliza Badoiu’s @elizabadoiu image with this poem. You can view and follow her on Instagram here.

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Self-Portrait as Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Account ©Elizabeth Knapp

And why not Sherman herself, you ask?

Because in this instance, the inclusion

of social media denotes a postmodern

approach to self-portraiture, a Baudrillardian

hall of mirrors in which the self is projected

against a million anonymous eyes, all hungry

for a taste of her. How will she deform

herself next? Will she sport a new prosthetic

chin, her hair stand on end, electrocuted?

A Dr. Frankenstein in the lab with herself.

A million followers, and not one will ever

know her—nipped, tucked, and bruised beyond

all recognition. Das Umheimliche: an unhomely

home. A rubber crotch on a mannequin.

©Eliza Badoiu

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