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The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize, Spring 2019
Lawrence Rhu
Vertigo
to my daughter at the Museum of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco
Behold the empty space that typically
holds Carlotta’s likeness—or a copy
of it—out on loan or in the shop

for restoration now while you are seated
on that wooden bench. Dressed like someone
dressed like someone else, Kim Novak tricked

Jimmy Stewart into thinking he’d killed
someone before he killed someone else.
Earlier he’d seen her on that bench

looking at what’s now missing—or a copy
of it—where you are seated looking now
at the empty space that typically

holds Carlotta’s likeness—or a copy
of it. Nothing’s there and never was.
Together we’re present at its absence

for a moment shared. Some vanishing point
puts all this in perspective. Keep that point
in mind, enjoy the view. And I will too.

©2019 Lawrence Rhu