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the danseuse (Degas). by Jean-Michel A. Hatton

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From the good people at Oddball Magazine, we are happy to bring you a work from 1/2 American, 1/2 French poet Jean-Michel Hatton.  Get your poetic fill at the region’s best poetry magazine,


the danseuse (Degas).

She whirls!

the ballerina,

alight & thin
as a bird’s

disrobed from

its sound.
The ballerina,

she twirls

the air

her fingers

in ribbons
of ivory where,

as they unfurl

into the eyes
like budding flowers,

the heart

blossoms & scars.
She leaps!

the ballerina, alight
with the trickle

of candlelight
spinning down her hair

onto her thighs

my breath lingers

& flies.
En pointe,

the ballerina,

ravishes the air
from my throat,

& on the wooden

expanse, she briefly floats

and then
The ballerina,

Degas’ danseuse

alight & thin
as a bird’s

disrobed from

its sound.

Photography by TJ Edson

Jean-Michel A. Hatton: “I was born in France of a American father and a French mother, grew up surrounded by the arts, poetry and the pursuit of social justice and then moved to the US at age 19 where I studied, lived and then worked for a decade until 2010, year I left my job as coordinator at the office of international relations at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and returned to France to plant roots and build a family. I now live in Marseille and continue to write while still working in one of the offices of international relations at Aix-Marseille University (AMU).”

TJ Edson is the Art Director of Oddball Magazine and a volunteer at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery. He has also had work appear recently in Terrarium.

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