the gentle assonance of her name
is there in her castdown gaze,
every repetition chiming its
muted, minor key. She looks at
something outside the frame,
but does she see it? Perhaps
her vision’s reigned by the
thousand a’s—amongst other
letters—which balance on her
head, straighten her posture.
The weight of the books should
ground her but instead, her neck
starts to ache, tilting—ever so
slightly—to the left.
In response to Anna Attinga Frafra by Paul Strand, 1964, Medium:
Gelatin silver print, Dimensions:19.4 × 24.4 cm, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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