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Still Life With Mother and Knife


by Chelsea Rathburn

Paperback, 80 pages, Louisiana State Univ Pr, List Price: $18.95 |


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In this powerful collection, Chelsea Rathburn seeks to voice matters once deemed unspeakable, from collisions between children and predators to the realities of postpartum depression. Still Life with Mother and Knife considers the female body, "mute and posable," as object of both art and violence.

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And I looked nothing like the women
splayed across Art through the Ages,
my body narrow, small-breasted, nothing
like those virgin mothers, bathers,
and concubines, all of them busty
and glowing, all of them inviting
or avoiding the viewer's eye. Who was
to be my model? I who never
knew exactly where to look, or what
to do with all my grief and anger,
or where to put my restless hands.

—from "Introduction to Art History"