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A "Ghost Ranch".

--name of Georgia O'Keeffe's homestead

 Appropriate--she herds together from the desert floor
cattle spine with ribs scattered from the head
and then carts the bones away to where,
in her studio, they're resurrected
(e.g., cow skull with petunias;
view of New Mexico sky, through pelvis, overhead).
People were difficult, not art--she preferred
the arroyo and desert, silence instead
of empty cocktail chatter;
appropriate--
but then she disavowed the woman in Stieglitz's erotica
decades earlier--they weren't really her;
that woman was dead--
appropriate.
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Author:Gibson, Stephen
Publication:The Carolina Quarterly
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Date:Sep 22, 2018
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