Self-Portrait with Crayon
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Soft-cover, 63 pages
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Reviewed by Emma Bolden
Still, the promise of salvation, which is stillness, pushes beyond all such fears with its promises of peace and of a new kind of being which is and remains, rather than swirling continuously with time, into difference, and therefore into change: “And when she is gone, only the backs of their heads who stand and applaud into the absence of movement. Nothing else will happen.” This is God’s greatest blessing, which the artist attempts to replicate over and over, stilling the subject into salvation and offering the viewer a glimpse into the heaven in which they may forever be still, and therefore forever remain, themselves.