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Leda Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945
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—after Gustav Klimt's destroyed painting of Leda and the swan

the SS soldier
struck his match on Leda's bare
back—the long black neck

of the guilty swan
smelt and merged into the curve
of her bottom—flesh

quivered as the flame
followed her spine to the nape,
to the hollow, fingers

boiled as the gold leaf
in her hair curled into layers
of pitch-dark roses

and the painted bed
swirled in melting hues of green
before sucking Leda's last

breast into a pile
of ash—gray soot and sweet young
thing sighed the soldier

Tana Jean Welch  

Tana Jean Welch was born and raised in Fresno, California, and currently lives in Tallahassee where she teaches writing and literature at the Florida State University College of Medicine. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and other national literary journals.

Copyright © 2013 University of Tampa Press
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Tana Jean Welch. "Leda Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945." Tampa Review 45.1 (2013): 15-15. Project MUSE. Web. 7 Aug. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Welch, T. J.(2013). Leda Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945. Tampa Review 45(1), 15. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Tana Jean Welch. "Leda Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945." Tampa Review 45, no. 1 (2013): 15-15. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed August 7, 2013).
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JF - Tampa Review
VL - 45
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SP - 15
EP - 15
PY - 2013
PB - University of Tampa Press
SN - 2326-4101
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