Magazine | February 7, 2011, Issue

Poetry

VOGUE

Playing with princesses, coloring pages

Inked in a magazine drawn from the ages,

Muscle and modishness meet the ideal.

Marionettes in contempt of a meal

Hang — without strings — by the strength of their gazes.

Bent in your hands, their submission amazes.

Thus they become the butt ending of envy.

Leaf upon leaf, neo-classical frenzy

Saturates, contemplates, settles, bemuses –

Solving suspiciously as it confuses.

Emeralds, peppermint-green paper forests

Accent these scenes — the lean portraits of florists.

Marionette Vodianova concedes

Russian Orthodox custom in rosary beads.

How should one value Veruschka’s expression

Shuttered in this closed photography session?

Powdered divinity candy and cushions

Cover the spreads of mid-winter editions,

Marshmallow white; for their headdress, sewn roses

Over demure or obstetrical poses.

Stunned between futures, the past and the present,

Which would you wager they find the most pleasant,

Statues descending a studio ladder?

Narrative needs little more, to forge matter.

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Roots of Success

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Country Life

Tap, Tap, Tap

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Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Objectively Socialist Kevin D. Williamson’s “Socialism Is Back” (January 24) is a very informative, delightfully written piece. But I want to dispute what may seem like a minor point: his characterization ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

VOGUE Playing with princesses, coloring pages Inked in a magazine drawn from the ages, Muscle and modishness meet the ideal. Marionettes in contempt of a meal Hang — without strings — by the strength of ...
Athwart

When Asterisks A***ck

It’s been a bad year for free speech so far. Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, for example, is undergoing one of its periodic Bowdler-bouts. So far the name’s unchanged, but give them ...

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Culture

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Immigration

My American Dream

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U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

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