Cutting the Figure of a Man

Get the Flash Player to see this player.
audio: Cutting the Figure of a Man
audio of Nicholas Friedman's poem, Cutting the Figure of a Man

Re-Size Text: A A A A Comment

RSS blog print

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.