Nancy Posey’s “Embrace” after Nancy Posey

Nancy Posey brings a first for Art of Poetry. She is an exhibited artist at the Hickory Museum of Art who also wrote an ekphrastic poem about her art piece.

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Embrace by Nancy Posey, colograph

Nancy Posey
EMBRACE
after “Embrace” by Nancy Posey

Remaining incognito, I hover near the wall
where my print hangs, knowing full well
that what I saw, what I still see, may elude
them all. These visitors to the museum
come, invited by artist friends, a spouse,
some for the first time. Seeing a lady cock
her head to the left, then the right, trying
to make sense out of lines, I resist the urge
to show her, to trace the arms wrapped
around the legs drawn into a tight ball.
Instead, I watch her genuine attempt
to make meaning—her own at least—
of this, my simple effort, reminiscent
of ink-stained hands washed clean, paper
plunged into a water bath, laid gingerly
upon the plate awaiting the heavy roller
of the press. All that remained, my name
penciled finely in one corner; in the other
a title, in case they could not see what I saw.

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Nancy Posey reads her poem beside her exhibited piece at the Art of Poetry event on June 20, 2015. Photograph courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

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One Response to Nancy Posey’s “Embrace” after Nancy Posey

  1. patricia deaton says:

    Good poem, Nancy!!

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