we put our fingersin the bullet holes above the bed. Typed captions translatedphotos of Rivera, Kahlo, Trotsky and his wife



in her boxy suit, devoted smile, that hopeful hatwith bent feather below an image of the assassinwho would get her husband in the end. —Connie Voisine, Poetry, February 2012August 21, 1929: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were married. August 21, 1940: Leon Trotsky died. The painting above is a self-portrait that Frida Kahlo gifted to Leon Trotsky. According to biography.com, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera helped “exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky and his wife Natalia in 1937. The Trotskys came to stay with them at the Blue House for a time in 1937 as Trotsky had received asylum in Mexico. Once a rival of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Trotsky feared that he would be assassinated by his old nemesis. Kahlo and Trotsky reportedly had a brief affair during this time.”At the Guardian, Trotksy’s grandson remembers the events surrounding his grandfather’s assassination.

we put our fingers
in the bullet holes above the bed. Typed captions translated
photos of Rivera, Kahlo, Trotsky and his wife

in her boxy suit, devoted smile, that hopeful hat
with bent feather below an image of the assassin
who would get her husband in the end.

—Connie Voisine, Poetry, February 2012

August 21, 1929: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were married.
August 21, 1940: Leon Trotsky died.

The painting above is a self-portrait that Frida Kahlo gifted to Leon Trotsky.

According to biography.com, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera helped “exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky and his wife Natalia in 1937. The Trotskys came to stay with them at the Blue House for a time in 1937 as Trotsky had received asylum in Mexico. Once a rival of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Trotsky feared that he would be assassinated by his old nemesis. Kahlo and Trotsky reportedly had a brief affair during this time.”

At the Guardian, Trotksy’s grandson remembers the events surrounding his grandfather’s assassination.

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