1 Poem by Tamara Hollins


Learning from Benjamin

the thing about being anything really
is the dissection of the original
through analysis and interpretation
tear-me-down gossip and the imposition of
your context on the thing that is me
about whom you know very little
even still
that dissection is a creative act
in which you (re)create me
until you have copies of me
that are more real to you than the original
and in some strange way
i am (re)born and (re)produced



Tamara Hollins has earned the following degrees: a B.A. in Art, with distinction; an M.A. in Cultural Studies; an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature; and a Ph.D. in English.  Her scholarly work, creative writing, and art have been published in journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias.