“The Body Museum”
This poem was originally published on The Pittsburgher’s predecessor, The Dog Door Cultural.
i have a problem with self portraits because i can’t draw
using ballpoint bent in disarray or disobedience
can’t see quite right and do i trust
mirror or camera light or eyes
to capture stomach and which is accurate
glory or gore purity or protrusion
i have a problem with charcoal pencil on paper i keep
trying same starving but stomach
can never absorb all toxins
never grow eyes know self for self ▲
April Bannister is an undergraduate student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She enjoys writing across all genres, especially within a mental health focus, and hopes her words can inspire awareness on the subject.