Apr '15 3
Someone Else's Images. Photo by Robert Rath from Robert's website.

This evening Robert and I went to the Trent Parke photography exhibition, The Black Rose, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. I had already visited it with several lovely poetry friends during the week, but the exhibition needed at least a second viewing. The body of work on display is immense, powerful and spans a range of subjects; dark, personal and moving. Many of the images are accompanied by text written by the photographer about dreams and life events deeply connected with the images.

Today's poem inspired by the exhibition refers to images in the exhibition but offers a sinister twist. Originally, the first line of the poem was it - the entire poem - but more insisted on being included.

Candidly speaking

The woman in the photograph followed me home.

Out of that dark room.

A sombre kind of shadow.

Mirroring my breathing,

my captured memories: like butterflies in cages

and rabbits in sand dunes;

the fox! the fox!

Spines and skeletons and bones

are everywhere reminders.

Here a mother’s hair.

There a father’s gallstones.

Depressed shutter; press. Press. Firm.

Here with me now, she frames the doorway

of this dark room,

she touches my cheek; whispers

that she is moved by my portrait.

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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  1. Mike says:

    *My favourite so far Jen. Lovely. It is a great exhibition. I've been once and feel the need, like you, to go again.

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  3. Russ says:

    *Oh bugger! Got a new computer & I'm still getting used to it. I accidentally wiped all I'd typed in my comment, and replaced it by "c". Please delete my previous comment and I'll try again Comment starts.... NOW:

    Yes, great first line And the rest has a sinister/shudder sort of feel to it. I've been aware of but haven't been to the exhib. It's been on my 'do if I get around to it' list - sounds like I need to elevate it.

  4. Jen says:

    *Thanks so much Mike. And yes, that exhibition warrants repeated visits, I think.

  5. Jen says:

    *Haha Russ, glad you got through your technical hitch! Thanks for commenting, and for the feedback. If you can, do get to the expo. I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

  6. rob walker says:

    *rob likes.

  7. Jen says:

    *jennifer pleased.

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