I'm submitting this poem to the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Award. The artwork I'm responding to is in a PDF on this site:

In response to “Glenda” by Hilary Jackman



Turn to the left please. Thank you.

(indeed this is a perfect specimen, such balanced features

the picture of health,   epitome of femininity

creamy complexion, hair of down

poised                       decorous                        virtuous)





                                                                                         Turn to the right please.

                                                                                                                                                               (something is amiss)


                                                    A brighter light please!                                    (most grotesque

                                                                             a distended wound, she sweats putrefaction

                                     look at those chunks hacked from the ear!

                                                                                                                   lack-lustre hair drifting to the floor)


Contaminated, I regret.