Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Self Portrait in the Nude’ by Allison Funk with Juta Jazz

Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Self Portrait in the Nude’ by Allison Funk with Juta Jazz

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This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Self Portrait in the Nude’ by Allison Funk. Funk is the author of five books of poems: Wonder Rooms (Parlor Press, 2015); The Tumbling Box (C&R Press, 2009); The Knot Garden (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002); Living at the Epicenter (Northeastern University Press, 1995), selected by Sonia Sanchez as the winner of the 1994 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize; and Forms of Conversion (Alice James Books, 1986).

I have matched mobile art work entitled ‘waha_2’ by @jutajazz1 – Juta Jazz with this poem.

You can view and follow her work on Instagram here.

Source poets.org

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‘Self Portrait in the Nude’ ©Allison Funk

 

To understand what it would be like

to remove my clothes

as painters do in portraits of themselves

 

I imagine I’m the woman

who knows her body

no longer belongs to the young artist

 

who painted herself before she had children,

before her topography was changed

by forces erosive as water and wind,

 

and yet she goes on painting it,

the girdle of her earth that is now an etched terrain

crossed with silver rivulets.

 

And hills, I want to say to her.

Valleys. Then hummocks,

hot springs, hoodoo. What is art about

 

if not depression? Uplift? Depression

again? At which she straightens

the flesh of her shoulders and neck

 

to face me before I disappear

into landscape,

my favorite state of undress.

 

‘waha_2’ ©JutaJazz

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