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Bernice Holtzman: The Monster in the Mirror

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2022

The Monster in the Mirror

 

by Bernice Holtzman

 

 

When I was a child

I used to play a game

Called “The Monster in the Mirror”
I would wait until it was dark

And I would go to my mirror

I would stare

And stare

Until the darkness contorted my face

And I could pretend I saw a monster.

 

I still play the game sometimes

Only now it’s always dark

And now I pretend

I don’t see him.

 

 


Bernice Holtzman is an author of poems, short fiction, autobiographical pieces, two (so far) children’s stories, and all manner of clever commentary. Her work has appeared in The National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side. That was 30 years ago, and she’s still talking about it.



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022