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Mary Jo Bang's 'Two Nudes' on PoetryNow

By Michael Slosek


Mary Jo Bang navigates the Bauhaus's photo archives to bring us this stunning new poem, "Two Nudes," for PoetryNow. The poem begins:

I was working in a bookstore and as an antidote
to the twin torment of exhaustion and boredom,
one day I went with friend on a walking tour.
We made it as far as Berlin and there I met the
man I would move with to a boarding house, then
to furnished rooms in the flat of a civil servant,
and from there one morning in January to the
Registry to be married. [...]

Listen below for a great reading and to get the backstory to the poem.


Originally Published: June 4th, 2015