Self-Portrait After the painting by Félix Vallotton by David Radavich The face is young: pale, turned over the shoulder toward our view, a slight mustache and small, tight mouth and eyes that bleed just a hint of red, as if about to cry or ask forgiveness. How does he see himself with the chopped, ash-brown hair and circular collar like a priest? He looks assured and shy at once, painting himself as if some day he might be significant. This is one who will become. There is sadness and a self-confidence for what the world will bring. The green background favors growth, and the face slightly downward rings an insistent bell.
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David Radavich’s poetry collections include two epics, AMERICA BOUND and AMERICA ABROAD, as well as MIDDLE-EAST MEZZE and THE COUNTRIES WE LIVE IN. His plays have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe. His latest book is UNTER DER SONNE / UNDER THE SUN: German Poems from Deutscher Lyrik Verlag. www.davidradavich.org.