- There is Discrepancy Whether Puberty
was completed in 1894 or 1895, but it is apparent that the shadow beside the girl was absent from earlier versions of the painting and the 1903 etching. In 1894, Guglielmo Marconi built his first radio equipment, a device that rung a bell from 30 feet away. Distance unpleated, altered like a fragile garment. In 1895, Marconi received radio signals transmitted from over a mile. The garment unseamed again. Knowing this, what can we know of this unclothed girl cum symbol? We don't know her first name, much less the middle or last.
Misty Harper’s chapbook, Guarding the Violins, will be published by the Poetry Society of America in December 2005. Her poems have appeared in Swink, Hotel Amerika, and Willow Springs.