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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, OddballMagazine.com

 

the danseuse (Degas).

She whirls!

the ballerina,

alight & thin
as a bird’s

song
disrobed from

its sound.
The ballerina,

she twirls

the air
around

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

where
my breath lingers

& flies.
En pointe,

the ballerina,

ravishes the air
from my throat,

& on the wooden

expanse, she briefly floats

and then
vanishes.
The ballerina,

Degas’ danseuse

alight & thin
as a bird’s

song
disrobed from

its sound.

danseuse
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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