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Issue 12: March 2022
Poem: 99 words
By Robbi Nester

Face

 
I have my grandfather’s round face, his capacious 
cheeks. Though he’s been dead since I was six, 
I still see him in his wedding portrait, young 
but bald, a trait he passed on to my son. 
He’s there too in an early oil by my great-uncle, 
Isaac Rosenberg, round spectacles setting off 
that face, which floats, full moon, above his collar. 
His death mask, rough plaster painted brown, 
features strangely placid, waxes rounder 
than before. We claim our faces as our own, 
yet clearly, they are borrowed, pressed 
and folded heirlooms in the attic of our DNA. 

Robbi Nester
Issue 12, March 2022

is the author of four books of poetry, including an ekphrastic chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012), and three collections: Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019), Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017), and A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014). She has edited three anthologies; the latest is The Plague Papers, available online at Poemeleon Journal. Her poems, reviews, essays, and articles have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including Aeolian Harp VI, Book of Matches, Cultural Daily, Gargoyle, Live Encounters, Muddy River Review, North of Oxford, Rhino, Tampa Review, Tiferet, Verdad, and Verse-Virtual.

Author’s website: www.robbinester.net

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

After Blossom, ekphrastic poem after an etching by Phil Greenwood in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 3, May 2020)

Three Poems by Robbi Nester in Verse-Virtual (January 2020)

Law of Attraction, ekphrastic poem after Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, in Verse-Virtual (May 2019)

Night Tunnel, ekphrastic poem after a painting by Robert Rhodes, Philadelphia Night Train, in The Ekphrastic Review (21 April 2016)

The Locusts, ekphrastic poem after a collage of the same name by Mary Boxley Bullington, in The Ekphrastic Review (13 October 2015)

 
 
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