07/13/2011

Am I
to be
remembered
as a torso?
I had such
beautiful hands.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

The poem came from my looking at classical Greek statues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and thinking about what parts are absent, lost, and unknowable to us. I felt that, as lovely as some of them are, it was possible we might be missing the best parts of these creations.

BIO:

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is author of three poetry collections, most recently Burning of the Three Fires from BOA Editions (2010). She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, where she lives.
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