cutting the figure of a man

Cutting the Figure of a Man

Cutting the Figure of a Man

Disegno means each David comes
before the Michelangelo,
Academy, and learnèd looks
of dilettantes who come and go.

One woman marked the man in me,
set deep within a hunk of stone;
she worked my figure day and night,
then left me—finished—all alone.



Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman’s poetry has appeared in several journals in the U.S., England, and Ireland. Newer work has appeared or is forthcoming in PN Review, American Arts Quarterly, The Sewanee Theological Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A life-long resident of Upstate New York, he works as assistant editor of EPOCH Magazine.



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