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8. Speak directly to the artist or the subject(s) of the piece.

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womb naked
to my casual gaze—
was it worth
the immortality
Marie-Thèrese?

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
"Girl Before a Mirror", 1932
New York Museum of Modern Art
Author's note: an earlier version of this tanka appeared in the Ribbons article.