Straw Hat, poem by Kerfe Roig (ME, IN A HAT Poetry & Prose Series)
I have more to say about this image, and more images from this block. We’ll be back next week. Happy Thanksgiving from both of us!
by Kerfe Roig
I don’t remember
why I bought it. A straw hat.
I painted myself
wearing it: young, jaunty, full
of optimism. Moving
on to other dreams
beyond, past the unrealized,
I lost that self. My
self in that moment, that hat,
in that portrait. Who I was.
And now I draw on
memory. An inexact
rendering of time,
the intersection of lines
reaching forward and then back.
IMAGE: “Straw Hat,” self-portrait by Kerfe Roig.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I’m working on 100 self-portraits inspired by other artists. This block print was based on a print by Vanessa Bell. When I saw her image, I immediately thought of the now-lost self-portrait I had painted in my twenties, a young woman in her straw hat. I tried to reproduce the feeling of it that remained in my mind, now wearing the hat on my present, much older…
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