Jan Mainzer

Jan Mainzer--Masks

Jan Mainzer is a senior lecturer in Art History at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Jan has been at Marist since 1993.  Her research interests focus on the history of the relationship between "craft" and "fine art."  She regrets she hasn't written poetry since the 1970's.

 

The Golden Masks of Trebenishte, Republic of Macedonia


Masks: Three Fragments

1. you think
    you know
        me
    better
    each day
            but
    all you see
    is a display
    of masks
    from my
    collection
 
2. i put
    them on
    in the
    darkness
    turned away
    from the
    moonlight --
    the world
    has never
    seen what lies
    under
    my disguise
 
3. a glance in
    the mirror
    reveals
    nothing...
    sometimes
    i wonder
    what
    my face
    really
    looks like
(Spring 1971)
 
 
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