I will drift
and know it
the way a son
recognizes a mother
after he has returned
from many years
the new distance
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."
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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