After Double Portrait by Dora Maar I have two eyes and almost two nosesThe lips of one face curve to meet my secondNeither of them look straight ahead. Half of me aches and swellsThe other half is perfect. I am given exercisesIn blind repetition to pursue symmetry. Striate ligament and feel thisDisease belt through me. Flamed nationThe water is only your own, so bathe. Lying palms up w ... (read more)
Katherine Brabon is the author of The Memory Artist (2016), which won the 2016 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, and The Shut Ins (2021). She has a PhD from Monash University and her poem ‘Autoimmune’ was longlisted in the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.