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Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning's collections of poetry include Coming to That (Graywolf, 2011) and A Table of Content (2004)...
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Artist, Once

 
by Dorothea Tanning

That was in a room for rent.
It had a window and a bed,

it was enough for dreaming,
for stunning facts like being

at last, and undeniably
in NYC, enough to hold

enfolded as in a pregnancy,
those not-yet-painted works

to be. They, hanging fire,
slow to come—to come

out—being deep inside her,
oozing metamorphosis

in her warm dark, took
their time and promised.

Fast forward. Trapped in now,
she's not all that sure.

Compared to what entwined
her mind before the test,

before the raw achievement
pat, secure—oh, such bounty

to be lived, yet untasted,
undefined—all the rest...






From Coming to That by Dorothea Tanning. Copyright 2011 by Dorothea Tanning. Used with permission of Graywolf Press. All rights reserved.
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