Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 Poetry |

The Model Looks at Her Portrait: A Retrospective

   Scarlet Woman by Betty Watson Outside the painting, staring at herselfin the painting where she is in this room she's in while staring guardedly at a painting like murder, or sex, a painting in which she's in a room on whose red wall, in the distance, a man in bathing trunks, waist-deep in blood or water, stands facing his wife and child and, as if floating on the water, or a shoal, a house with castle turrets, lighted windows, seems both to drift and not to drift, she sees the long-haired girl she used to be, in boots and mini-dress, apart and watchful, as in a redoubt, in a room in a painting in a room, or as if in a poem turned inside out.

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