Not Only the Smile Was Seen: Caprice by Carlos Martinez Rivas

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984
Lan Payne 001

Lan Payne, Keon, 1984, oil on canvas, 60 × 36 inches.

During the short time I had
the privilege to find myself by your side, I could
—allow me Madame, to tell you—observe
in the light of the few hairs
the chalky denticulated junctures of your cranium.

Under the strong rays of the sun
I was afterwards able to see, neatly
& with inexpressible admiration
your complete skull
(with the two sockets & the little
bottomless triangular hole)
that you were wearing with such noble
disdain & almost without knowing

Two Poems by Daisy Zamora
​June Beer 001
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BOMB 9, Spring 1984

Nicolas Echevarria, Pam Yates, art by James Nares and Tom Otterness, writing by Daisy Zamora, Kathy Acker, Glenn O’Brien, and more.

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009 Spring Summer 1984