SELF-PORTRAIT AT 31
Amie Whittemore

I didn't wear shoes
as I walked across the lawn
on my father's arm,

a woman turned
into a bouquet.
No diamonds. No ring bearer,

but flowers everywhere-
phlox and rose
and lavender. Pure June.

My heart, that jail cell,
that banquet hall.
How it dug itself into a well.

Hair a nest of matches
burning out.
The sparks caught air-

to this day I find them,
singeing a pillow,
refusing rain.



Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.
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