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theadora siranianTheadora Siranian is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has poetry published or forthcoming in the Bryant Literary Review, Amethyst Arsenic, DIAGRAM, Mason’s Road, Banango Street, and Gigantic Sequins, among others. In 2007, she received the Academy of American Poets Prize from Emerson College; and, in 2012, was selected for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology series. Theadora was recently a finalist for The Poet’s Billow Pangaea Prize.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Hitler's Bathtub

after a photograph of Lee Miller by David E. Scherman, April 30, 1945

 

Wet terrycloth wielded against knots, at the shoulder blades, rooted

where wings might have been before here, this world beholden to gravity,

 

to the laws of blast.  It was midnight of Mayday, it was snowing,

we were celebrating being there anyhow.

 

He was a man he had a tub, a toilet.  Linens, a radio.  Everything embossed

with the brutal, spinning pinwheel.  Downstairs, tenants said

 

he was simple, kind, unpretentious, loved children and used to come

down and fix the fires.

 

The camera whispers: destruction, disrepair, desire.

 

Miller washes the dirt of Dachau from her splendid body; the bathmat’s dark

stain vaguely continental beneath her boots.

 

 

 

©2014 Theadora Siranian

 

 

 

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'Tilt': finalist in The Poet's Billow Pangaea Prize 2013

'Belle Reprieve' and 'Mooring': two poems by Siranian in Amethyst Arsenic (Issue 4.1)

'Heat': a poem by Siranian in DIAGRAM (Issue 12.5)

Photograph 'Lee Miller in Hitler's bathtub', Munich, Germany, 1945

 

 

 

 

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