Moroni’s Tailor

Phillis Levin

        Il Tagliapanni (c. 1570)
            giovanni battista moroni

On a black cloth, a line of chalk
Marks the course my scissors must follow.

                  You follow its path, dabbing
                  At your palette, tending to my likeness...

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Phillis Levin is the author of five poetry collections, including Mr. Memory & Other Poems, Temples and Fields, and The Afterimage. She teaches at Hofstra University.
Originally published:
April 1, 2018



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