Poems from The Full Dress

"A Study of the Nude" first appeared in Poems the Size of Photographs (see Bibliography). "Underwater Nude #2" is by David Moore, 1974.

Other Poems from The Full Dress

David Moore: Underwater Nude 2


A Study of the Nude

Someone naked with you
will rarely be a nude.
A nude is never with just one.

Nude looks back at everyone
or no one. Aubergine or bluish rose,
a nude is a generalization.

Someone has given their name
and face to be face all over,
to be the face of something

that isn't for caressing
except with the mind's hand.
Nude is the full dress of undressing.


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