by Margaret Rose
From glossy pages the words bombard me-
SMOOTH SKIN IS ALWAS IN
EFF RTLESS FROM EVERY ANGLE
VISIBLE SCARS, MEET VISIBLE RESL TS
AND…THEY M KE YOU A LITTLE TALLER
FEELS LIKE NOTHING, DOES EVE YTHING
BOLD, BOOST D COLOR
P MP UP THE VOLUME
HAIR COLOR EMER ENCY
I AM NOT A GIR I AM POSION
ENHANCE YOUR LUMINOSIT
-and everything is said in an absence.
Margaret Rose is currently a senior attending Aquinas College. Earlier this year, she studied in County Galway, Ireland. She is studying English writing, music, and Irish studies. The poem “Absence” was written as part of an ekphrastic project she did with Anna Rose for the class Artists and Writers in Collaboration. Margaret completed the written pieces in the project, while Anna completed the visual art pieces. The project’s focus was on beauty representations and expectations as depicted in women’s style magazines.