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Barbara Blatt's poems and essays have appeared in Pearl, Askew and the The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images (Taschen), compiled and edited by The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) in affiliation with the C. G. Jung Institute. An exhibiting artist represented by Gallery 825, her visual art has been featured in Los Angeles Art Association (Prolong Press). She can be seen reading her poems at www.poetry.la. A native of Chicago, educated at the University of Iowa, University of Chicago, USC and UCLA, she currently lives in Santa Monica, California.
Water rinses my hair, glazes the white basin.
A coal burns in my shoe.
They say he was my father.
A nest falls from the trees.
He was all stone tower, empty
Overlapping tongues of water,
A message in the sky dissolves.
They say Giacometti drew, erased, drew again, erased and drew
Small tin nut on a brick shelf.
Whose father was an orphan. Whose
On a railroad track.
They are about to levitate.
They stand like a child holding yarn in a loop—they are the hands. She is his
© 2011 Barbara Blatt
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