The very flatness

of portraits

makes for nostalgia

in the connoisseur.

 

Here’s the latest

little lip of wave

to flatten

and spread thin.

 

Let’s say

it shows our recklessness,

 

our fast gun,

 

our self-consciousness

which was really

 

our infatuation

with our own fame,

 

our escapes,

 

the easy way

we’d blend in

 

with the peasantry,

 

our loyalty

to our old gang

 

from among whom

it was our nature

 

to be singled out

  • Rae Armantrout, "Our Nature" from Veil. Copyright © 2001 by Rae Armantrout.  Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

  • Source: Veil (Wesleyan University Press, 2001)

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