Portrait of a Portrait

January 27, 2010

You can’t make mistakes
on *Coteman:
lines shine
like punched jaws
teeth hold lead
like dogs hold bones.

His portrait bloomed
a double murder.
Collars flattened.
Something sung.

Things he knows:

it won’t work
around the edges

the centre will not hold

borders are undone.

He looks like knives:
his Elvis shirt
his checkered blazer

Its the 60’s or the 70’s
something
is just about to happen.


*Coteman Watercolour Paper

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