Hand-shell
After Dora Maar

Divide a womanโ€™s body into
geometric shapes. Triangle
tits, a six-pointed star.

Segment a womanโ€™s face
into orange slices. Split

it through a spiderโ€™s web.

Float a woman in a pool.
Swim statue-stiff, your
hand-shell on the sand.

If he tries to paint you, walk
away, a shapely pair of legs.

 

 

Cat Turhan is based in London. Her work has been published in The Rialto, The Lighthouse Literary Journal, Re-side Magazine, and she was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition in 2019.