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On the 5:07
by Lawrence Shaffer

Looking at Velazquez isn't easy,
Not if you want to pinpoint precisely where
Brushstroke becomes tip-of-nose.

She hates her nose.
If she van Goghs it
I'll preserve it
(In a poem).

Suppose a world of confusing, abstract brushstrokes.
When did hers
(As I turned from the window)
Become the eyes, ears, nose-- the eyes!
Of the recognizable world?

dedicated to Viviana Velazquez

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