Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Take a peek into my studio

Enter my studio to see the model of my sculpture, which I cast later into bronze. Working on this sculpture, the dancer became so real to me that I could hear their voices, which inspired me to write their duet as a poem:

From dust you gather me
I beg you on my knee 
Look away—imagine me, 
The way I used to be
Now shadows spread upon me
Stain by stain 
I shiver. Touch me, heal me
Make me whole again

I see him in my mind
He moves, he stirs tonight 
But when I come to him, 
Our limbs entwined 
That arm wraps around me 
It holds me and controls me—
Can we take flight?

In darkness take a leap 
For trust is blind
Imagine me: I'll lift you, 
Caress you and possess you 
Imagine us: 
In passion and in sweep
Our limbs entwined

Pressed against that ribcage
Where not a breath escapes
Not a sigh of sorrow, 
Not a cry of rage
How can I bear his silence 
When shadows grow immense—

If shadows peel and lift away
If ever you break free 
From my embrace
If you catch sight of me
In light of day—
Go... Leave me here, 
My grace,
In my debris—

In my dream I'm soaring
Amidst a flap of wings
My heart so light, 
So happy, 
Forgetting him, ignoring
That arm  
Wrapped around me, 
How heavily it clings

The creation of this piece also inspired my story, I, Woman. The poem and the story are included in my book Twisted.

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