The Door Itself

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The Door Itself

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The Door Itself, Shanghai, China, 2013

Printed on 11 x 14 matte archival fine artpaper.

Edition of 10.

I have had this poem by Adrienne Rich taped up over every desk at which I have written for thirty years or more.

PROSPECTIVE IMMIGRANTS PLEASE NOTE

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through.

If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name.

Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.

If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily

to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely

but much will blind you,
much will evade you,
at what cost who knows?

The door itself makes no promises.

It is only a door.

If one photograph symbolizes my trip to China, this is it. The moment I saw it, I thought of this poem -- of my mother's life as an immigrant, and of our journey of forgiveness and love together. I knew that it was up to me whether to step through the door itself, which makes no promises.

I did.

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