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Six Portraits

by Julie Danho

2014, 36 pages

Winner of the 2013 Sapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.


I can’t stop lingering
along those curves, the sexy
esoteric way she teeters

on that dot, how she rises
from the basket, a cobra
unfazed by my pungi’s

charm. A Matisse odalisque,
she teases. No one else
dives with half a parachute,

alights in backless dress.
All I ask is to unhook
that strap, let fabric pool

until it’s just her pearl:
small, round, certain
as it’s possible to be.

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About the Author:

Julie Danho received her MFA from Ohio State University and recipient of a Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Julie won the 2013 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition with her collection Six Portraits. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as Barrow Street, Southern Poetry Review, Bellingham Review, Cream City Review, and West Branch. She works as an editor in Providence, Rhode Island.

Praise For Six Portraits

"In Six Portraits, a chapbook ingeniously organized around common punctuation marks, Julie Danho serves up a mash−up of ekphrasis and illumination, field and typography, private grief and public discourse, leaving her reader stunned and haunted by these wisely crafted, devastatingly forthright poems.”

     —Kathy Fagan,
author of Lip

"Julie Danho writes a poetry of ekphrasis with a genuine passion for visual images, from paintings and sculpture to the shapes of punctuation marks. She loves words, not just for their fickle meanings, but for the hooks and angles they make for the eyes when fitted together so precisely, and for the way they taste in the human mouth. If I wore a hat I would take it off in honor of these sharp-edged poems.”

     —Tom Chandler,
author of Guitar of the Stars


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