Paula Bohince

Manet’s Asparagus
August 9, 2013 Bohince Paula

Manet’s Asparagus


Naked as an

odalisque posed

so the buttocks

are visible,

and the hip,

and one Heaven-

aimed nipple.


Slim canoe

edging a pewter

lake ridged by

wind, vessel

weathered from

going so long



Rare white stalk

limp, indigo-

tipped flowers

the doomed

mouth of Christ

saying, This

is my body.

Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, all with Sarabande, most recently Swallows and Waves.  She was the guest editor of Best New Poets 2022 and a 2022 NEA Fellow in Translation.