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Self-Portrait with Eraser

I drew the eraser
first because I knew

it better than I knew
myself and because

it had been around
the block before me

and because it would,
after having its way

with me, rub up against
everything I’d ever loved.

Credit


Copyright © 2018 Andrea Cohen. This poem originally appeared in Kenyon Review, November/December 2018. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen is the author of several poetry collections, including Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017).

Date Published: 2018-11-12

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/self-portrait-eraser