Stieglitz Photograph of O’Keeffe’s Hands
Two spheres trace dual plumb lines,
all vertical and shade
that become the backdrop for her hands.
You have to see the drawing and photograph
in proximity, the Hands
now so recognizable it obscures the charcoal.
She says, “He photographed me till I was crazy,”
but nothing matches
her long fingers reaching for spheres
in the pattern of a parallelogram,
the other forefinger
along folds of a curtain, film out of view.
Kyle Laws is based out of the Arts Alliance Studios Community in Pueblo, CO. Her collections include Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing, 2018); This Town: Poems of Correspondence with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017); So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015); Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014); My Visions Are As Real As Your Movies, Joan of Arc Says to Rudolph Valentino (Dancing Girl Press, 2013); and George Sand’s Haiti (co-winner of Poetry West’s 2012 award). With six nominations for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Granted residencies in poetry from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), she is one of eight members of the Boiler House Poets who perform and study at the museum. She is the editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.
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