Ambiguous Interiors I
After Figure Study I, Francis Bacon
You are a fallen coat stand
leaning heavily and politely
like emphatic applause,
blooms continuing into your face
From your gesture of hat
and the idea of your arm,
I assume your humanity.
Your gown goes on in its architecture,
onto a surface I call the floor,
which, at its far seam,
announces something which is
neither the sea nor the sky nor the shore.
I can see through you,
but I choose to assume your humanity.
STEPH GORMAN is from South London and studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her poems have appeared in Stryx and Away With Words.