Self-Portrait with Hand-Sanitizer Dispenser

About the Artwork

“Recently, I had one of those perspective-expanding experiences in which I went from being a doctor to being a patient. In the middle of this experience, I drew a self-portrait to make sure that I would not forget what this moment was teaching me. It does not escape me that, in this image, I share the frame with one of the unassuming celebrities of our pandemic era, the humble hand-sanitizer dispenser, a quietly noble object from whose cleansing tutelage we can all learn a lesson or two.”

Jenna Le is one of Pulse’s poetry editors. She has published two poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2018), an Elgin Awards second-place winner. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Verse Daily and West Branch. Her artworks have appeared in Jubilat, Lantern Review, Lily Poetry Review and Mom Egg Review. She works as a physician in New York City.

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