Victoria Nordlund

Reflecting on 30×30

In 30×30, Chinese artist Zhang Peili filmed himself for three hours repeatedly breaking a mirror and gluing together its shards. Art News

Intimate Reflection by Konstantin Somov

It is 3:45AM
and you stare

into me–
thin and green

still up–
still somehow intact.

You survey
the damage–

Brittle fragments
cobbled together–

Wonder what
is missing

and if there ever was
a crux–Decide

there is no
other universe

these cracks—


About the writer:
Victoria Nordlund is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut. Her chapbook Binge Watching Winter on Mute will be published in Summer 2019 by Main Street Rag. She is a 2018 Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize Nominee whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, Rust+Moth, Gone Lawn, Maudlin House, and other journals.

Image: Intimate Reflection by Konstantin Somov (1869-1939). Oil on paper laid on canvas. 46 x 38.1 cm. 1934. Public domain.