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Susan Rich

To Paint Her Life Was One Solution

        after Charlotte Salomon, 1917-1943

As she walks heated hallways,
she imagines her mother’s bones —
in beveled frames, as scorched

stones, rough surfaces riding inside her
throat. Between the wars, suicide
was fashionable — all the rage

among Berlin’s modern women
— and her mother always loved to follow
trends. Charlotte mouths her mother’s

favorite words — when I transform
into a ravaged star — and then disappears
into her watercolors, paints a stone, a Nazi train car.

Photo Credit: Staff
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