Alternate Self-Portrait

Dean Rader on

Published in Poem Of The Day

I will drift
into darkness
and know it


the way a son

recognizes a mother

after he has returned

from many years

of travel


the new distance

is neither

beginning nor


only stillness

About this poem
"There are a lot of self-portraits or faux self-portraits in my forthcoming book, 'Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry,' as the title might suggest. In this poem, I had been thinking about unusual self-portraits, in particular portraits at the moment of death (rare) as opposed to those at the moment of birth (legion). And I began wondering if death were not something new but later something intimately known; the comfortable welcoming place we were before we were born."
-Dean Rader

About Dean Rader
Dean Rader is the author of "Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry" (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and "Landscape Portrait Figure Form" (Omnidawn Chapbook Series, 2014). He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in San Francisco.

(c) 2015 Dean Rader. Originally published by the Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org. Distributed by King Features Syndicate



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