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A Poem for Anne Waldman


It was so strange to see your face

on the Metropolitan Museum wall

it went under the title "Face of a poet", signed Alex Katz

and the year is 1972. Your face had nothing to do

with that museum wall

but something there in your painted eyes made me

take a good look at  myself later

reflected in the mirror of the museum's toilet,

i saw my own eyes reflected in it and my mouth

opening up to speak fast

to the mirror

it was then that i figured out: i'd better write

all of this down,

so that i can escape the mirror, escape the museum wall,

escape the museum installation of this poem of mine

for you



[From The Art of Catching a Boomerang, by Nina Zivancevic. Povelja, Serbia, 2013. Used by permission of the author.]