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A r b u s


A Note on Sources: The three poems that follow are based largely on tape recordings of a series of classes that photographer Diane Arbus gave in 1971, as transcribed in Diane Arbus (Aperture, 1972). In addition, “Devolving” integrates photo captions from the same book.





I could become

a million things:


child with a toy

hand grenade

in Central Park,


identical twins,

a flower girl

at a wedding,


nudist lady

with swan



Xmas tree

in a living room.


I don’t like

to arrange things.


If I stand in front

of something,

instead of arranging it,

I arrange myself.



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G o o d

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