Poetry: Benjamin Goluboff’s “Untitled Photograph by Emmy Andriesse”

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Benjamin Goluboff

Untitled Photograph
by Emmy Andriesse

Amsterdam, 1945

Focusing art for Benjamin Goluboff poem Untitled photograph by Emmy Andriesse

Untitled photograph by Emmy Andriesse

The shot is through a window from a darkened room.
Andriesse must have sat a few feet back from the sill,
her camera screened behind objects on the table:
a bowl that once help fruit, perhaps,
the tea set in the composition’s foreground.
A lamp burns on the table at the picture’s focal point,
and throws a spot of brightness on the window
where, outdoors and a little out of focus,
a German soldier walks his bike.
Andriesse never titled the picture, but it reads anyhow;
Still Life with Wehrmacht Officer.

 

About the writer:
Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. In addition to some scholarly publications, he has placed imaginative work — poetry, fiction, and essays — in many small-press journals, recently Unbroken, Bird’s Thumb, and War Literature and the Arts. He is the author of Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse, and Other Poems (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017). Some of his work can be read at

Image: Untitled Photograph by Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953). Gelatin Silver Print. Amsterdam, 1945. Copyright status.

 

 

 

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