interior Sculpture: poems in the voice of Camille Claudel

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dancing girl press, 2014

 Kathleen Kirk is a writer whose work appears online and in print in Confrontation, Menacing Hedge, Poems & Plays, Poets & Artists, Poetry East, and elsewhere. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012), and the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. These poems were commissioned by Columbus Dance Theatre, to be performed in January, 2014, with original music by Korine Fujiwara of Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Rodin in the Mirror

He looks afraid of himself
in the mirror. He sees the whites
of his own eyes, predator and prey.

In my bronze bust of him—
he paid for it himself,
after all our trouble with clay

drying out between poses—
his rough beard tumbles
from his fine, polished face.

I never again could run
my finger over the rim of his ear
or in the gullies of his eyes.

Of the dream that was my life,
this is the nightmare. Remember?
I told you with my own hands.