Featured Writer: Poet Gail Goepfert’s “The year of broth”

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Featured Writer: Gail Goepfert

The year of broth      

“Reflexo de Frida Kahlo” by Rafael Rocha

she calls it. The year
Frida shades a dark-green
winged figure on the back page
of her diary, the year
of thin-souped sustenance,
Demerol, cigarettes,
brandy and cognac, cocktails
of narcotics mixed in vials
injected into soft
yet-unspoiled flesh.
Diego—there and not.

On her canvas of pain,
The final smudge.
gangrene and amputation.
Doctors advise removing
the right leg at the knee.

After. She orders
scarlet leather platform
boots spangled with gold,
Chinese embroidery
and a bell affixed to the right one,
a prosthetic wooden leg.
Why does it have to be ugly?
In time. She prevails.
Revivial. One last dance of joy—
she calls it.

 

About the writer:
Gail Goepfert is a poet and photographer and a teacher. She’s an associate editor at RHINO Poetry. Her books include A Mind on Pain, 2015 and Tapping Roots, 2018, and a third, Get Up Said the World, which will be released in early 2019 by Červená Barva Press.

Image: “Reflexo de Frida Kahlo” by Rafael Rocha. Unspecified medium. Unspecified size. 2013. By permission. Rafael Rocha is a Brazilian artist from Recife, Pernambuco.