2013 self portrait

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In 2013 I also kept a personal journal (I call it the Fate? Journal). I had just moved, I was living on my own for the first time, and I was struggling with a long-distance relationship. Here are the first four pages.

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Call Jesus
down from that cross. Call my tongue a crown
of thorns, a patch of nettles sunk deep in an arm.
I’ve found every sparrow God has forgotten
to watch over. I’ve wreathed them in briars
and hung them from the back fence. They say
they’re tired of singing. They sang only to be noticed.
I am noticing. They are noticed.
—  Roger Reeves, from “Self-Portrait as Ernestine ‘Tiny’ Davis,” King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)