Diane Arbus held, by Alan Catlin

Diane Arbus held

a print of her
photograph
of a boy caught
in a candid
moment: geeky
smile, skinny
arms and legs,
bony knees,
suspender straps
sliding down his
no muscle arms,
short pants soon
to follow and
the hand grenade
held in his left
hand, an almost
incidental detail
that warm, bright,
summer day in
Central Park 1960
whatever, she sd.,
“For me the subject
of the picture is
always more im-
portant than the picture.
And more complicated.”
Words spoken a few
months before her suicide.

Alan Catlin has published dozens of chapbooks and full length books of prose and poetry on a wide variety of subjects. His latest forthcoming chapbook of poetry is from Night Ballet Press, Beautiful Mutants. He is the poetry editor of the online poetry journal Misfitmagazine.net.

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