Summer 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2006 |

Sketches from Lucian Freud Paintings at the Tate, 2003. Woman Smiling (1959)

It's his "amplifying the touch"that perhaps makes her smile wry,as if light on the face, once fired,has eased the clay open, quizzically.Does the girl find hermarriage à la mode amusing?I can imagine her hot footingout the window as his lordshipsteams in. Either way, she is as freein her frame as the shrimp girl,rosy and only herself to account for,"Society" cast to the breeze.

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