consider: face

A poor excuse of a poem, in which to display a recent portrait.


A face is not architecture – from scenes, consider the profile
a means to divide me from not. Above mind, then skin.

I feel a division
Take the literal shape

the same significance with a limb
e.g, I am, or I am not.
An eye is coveted. Each gaze
is listed, somewhere. Registered. More than once

something limits what I can or can’t see. A very
specific reflection
creates a landscape I recognise. Elements
of both parents, and all my past lovers

congregate in the corners, the pull of
my mouth aches into expression. I am not this face.
Consider teeth.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

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