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Maud Stevens Wagner Speaks of Transformation*

by Kelly R. Samuels



The bent neck

and careful attention.


All the limbs I saw

and transformed.

The mole turned

into berry. Freckles as

stars. The long scar a mountain

ridge, sun rising behind.


Turn this way and settle. You are

a landscape I am making

over into new.


* Maud Stevens Wagner was the first known female tattoo artist in the country.