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SKIN

Portrait of the Artist & a Vacuum, 1981

my black
ass smiles
a missing
tooth over
a vacuum
I never use

Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Super Model, 1994

photographers
ignore my face
until i bury it
in dirty blonde
hair

When Frustration Threatens Desire, 1990

black cat black
snake black glove
black magician take
me somewhere
else

The Land That Time Forgot, 1992

one two three
four arrows pierce
my horny neck and
body amid lively
dead flowers

Untitled (Painter), 2009

why am I a somber black woman
painting
myself
by
numbers

Invisible Man, 1986

i’m not invisible
only black on
dark white history
brightened by eyes
and teeth

Untitled, 2008

i’ve got a big
many colored
palette but
mostly i paint
it black

Untitled, 2009

how’m
i supposed
to paint my
black face
using white

Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of his Master, 2011

master’s much
nicer when
his head’s
severed on
the bed

Campfire Girls, 1995

we can’t get
in the tent
but huddle
in blankets
before campfire
darkening our
faces

Brownie – Scout (Girl) – Cub Scout – Scout (Boy), all 1995

lightning
reveals
dusky
faces
in
uniforms
brown
green
and
blue

De Style, 1993

i’ll make your hair
a tower
an afro
anything
you want
looking cool

School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012

matriculation to
this elite school
requires big booties
and exotic hair

Bang, 1994

on fourth of july
i pledge allegiance
to red white and
bang

Souvenir 1, 1997

with golden wings
i maintain flowers
forever fresh for
martin and other
angels

ROMANCE

Slow Dance, 1992-93

morose
intimate
and
slow
we
dance

They Know That I Know, 1992

hurry
up
and
get
undressed

Could This Be Love, 1992

don’t know if
it’s love but
i love her flesh
under green
blanket

Untitled, 2008

white birds black
birds big birds
soothe seaside
sunset for lovers

Vignette, 2003

free as
butterflies
and birds
we lope
through
nature

Untitled (Beach Towel), 2014

you like my white
bra turquoise panties
and black skin pushing
lips full for you

Untitled (Club Couple), 2014

drinks
aglow
and
hands
interlaced
we
nuzzle
in
style

Frankenstein – Mrs. Frankenstein, both 2009

get
ready
frankenstein
the
missus
wants
you
now

SOCIETY

Gulf Stream, 2003

on turquoise
beneath gliding
birds we sail
on shenana

Untitled (Altegeld Gardens), 1995

we got
more than
two hundred
buildings almost
two thousand
units and lots
of desperate
people

Our Town, 1995

inside white
picket fence
our kids and
bicycles about
like yours

Past Times, 1997

on weekends we
golf play croquet
captain sailboats
and waterski in
white bikinis

C.H.I.A., 1994

in white shirts and
black ties we rake and
garden to welcome you
to our eight bldgs and
sixteen hundred units

Untitled (Mirror Girl), 2014

you keep posting
bills on my door
but all i got is a
big tit in each
hand

7 a.m. Saturday Morning, 2003

this side of street
they waitin for
the liquor store to
open that side they
goin someplace
special

Notes: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from March 12 to July 3, 2017

School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012

Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of his Master, 2012

Portrait of the Artist & a Vacuum, 1981

Untitled, 2008

Gulf Stream, 2003

Past Times, 1997

Untitled (Mirror Girl), 2014

Mrs. Frankestein, 2009

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