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Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Self-Portrait as Semiramis’ by Mary-Kim Arnold with @thefringeproject

This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Self-Portrait as Semiramis’ by Mary-Kim Arnold. Arnold is the author of The Fish & The Dove, forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020, and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018). She teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University and lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

I have matched mobile art work entitled ‘Fringe number eleven’. From a collaboration entitled @thefringeproject with @imagomimago – Mimi Svanberg, together with photographer @catolein – Cato Lein.

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‘Self-Portrait as Semiramis’ by Mary-Kim Arnold


Had I been raised by doves

wouldn’t I have learned

to fly


By wolves

to hunt in packs


Had I been raised by gods

wouldn’t I too

be godlike


In the movies the orphan

is the killer

not loved enough



But wasn’t I




My mother

fish goddess

dove into the sea

for the sin of loving

a mortal man


I love a mortal man too


At night I coax him

from sleep

rousing him

with my mouth


By day

we build high brick walls

around us

our Babylon


Had my mother lived

to see me rise from this boundless


would she recognize me

as I have grown large

and my arms have become

the long arms of the sea

reaching over

and over

for the shore

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