La Femme

Diane Samuels

La Femme
a poem by Nicole Miyashiro

—from Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas/Testimony Against Gertrude Stein, 2011 (ink on handmade paper, coated in pulverized rose petals) by Diane Samuels — featured in the Woskob Family Gallery “Summer Reading” Exhibition, Jun 14 – Sep 8, 2018 — and from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933: 41-44, & 50) by Gertrude Stein. Image courtesy of the artist and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

4 Comments on “La Femme

  1. Excellent–a great capture and tribute to a ground-breaking time and extraordinary women.

    • Thanks again, Steven! I did my best to emulate Stein’s style using her own words and to also pay homage to Samuels’ method of transcribing.
      Nicole

  2. Absolutely loved this Nicole! I hung on every word’s rhythm and wonderful faceted images almost like a kaleidoscope. I also felt trapped, imagining that might be the same feelings she had.

  3. Thank you, Janice! I’m liking that you picked up on a “trapped” sensation, which yes, I imagine she especially felt in her time.

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