Very good. I still struggle with the final lines.
Tim Knowles
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In my “poetic” work, ambiguity and double meaning are the point of many word choices. I am not a fan of spelling things out for the reader, because I think it is a more enjoyable experience to discover layers of meaning. But, here goes …

For “subjects,” you are intended to read both: the subject of an artist’s painting (including the dehumanization of person to object) and someone subjected to another’s control.

For “reputation,” the intent was to be read “good reputation,” which I thought the context made clear.

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