Summer 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2011 |

Self-Portrait

From the Polish.  May, 2008, after seeing Eric Fischl's Self-Portrait Keeps growing older. Frayed costumes. Reads a lot, sometimes vanishes in books like Indians in trackless jungles. Repeats himself, everything repeats, yellow notebook in his pocket, music's great summons. Evenings he moves to the window in a rumpled shirt and yawns. Looks a little different in each picture—his father's face invades his own, slightly melancholy face; the short white beard, his enemies insist, must signify capitulation. The eyes gaze at the lens with hope. Growing older. Likes water, flat sleepy rivers, and the green ocean: swimming, his body disappears in the dark currents as if temporarily testing another mode of being. The wind takes his breath, night bestows absolute peace (the only absolute we've got, a friend scoffs, they've been arguing for a decade). A citizen, he thinks of his injured country, the garden of a childhood that never was. Takes many trips—April

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