Back of a Blue Woman

Picasso, Seated Nude, Oil, 1902

Her unbroken black outline back
expresses precisely a splintered universe
as though she narrated each brush stroke
directly so he could infer her shape from
the darkest blue-shifted communiqués
of the frightened woman
crouched in perfect pigment
dependent utterly on
his outline to define her.

Published in The Comstock Review, Spring/Summer 2002

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~ by danielwrasmus on April 24, 2010.

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