No Self Portraits (2019)
“[...] All my Muse’s poetry has been harmless:
American and diplomatic: a learned helplessness
Is what psychologists call it: my docile, desired state.
I’ve been largely well-behaved and gracious.
I’ve learned the doctors learned of learned helpelessness
By shocking dogs. Eventually, we things give up. [...]”
-Solmaz Sharif “Desired Appreciation”