Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
John McAuliffeBill Manhire in Conversation with John McAuliffe
(PN Review 259)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Patricia CraigVal Warner: A Reminiscence
(PN Review 259)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Tim Parksin conversation with Natalia Ginzburg
(PN Review 49)
Next Issue Gwyneth Lewis ‘Spiderings’ Ian Thomson ‘Fires were started: Tallinn, 1944’ Adrian May ‘Traditionalism and Tradition’ Judith Herzberg ‘Poems’ translated by Margitt Helbert Horatio Morpurgo ‘What is a Book?’
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PN Review 276
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 139, Volume 27 Number 5, May - June 2001.

Poems in Response to Paintings by Paula Modersohn Becker Sujata Bhatt

Self-Portrait as Aubade

The gaze in the mirror:
straightforward yet unconscious -
the self-assessment is open to the bone,
open to the soul -

Will the quest begin now?

Outside it is Berlin,
        it is 1897 -
the colours of a cold spring morning -

Will the quest begin now?

You are all-knowing but innocent.
Not smiling, not coy, not sad -
And your face: moonstone white -
blue-grey shadows make you
        almost marble, almost -
if it weren't for the wash of tan, the tinge
of beige beneath the white:
        colours of blanched almonds -
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image