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Going Out

Seen outside,
sky’s still white,
but flocculent with cloud
blurs, calming to those
who have stopped
lifting binoculars
to witness cliffs
being scaled sidelong
by ruddy mountaineers;
stopped checking
the newspaper’s contract
bridge advice; absorbing diagrams
of various crashes; reacting…


how soon
it is winter again.
these days
that try to fool us with their heat
cannot last long,
cannot convince us
of any other season but this:
rosebuds, puckered like sweetest mouths,
the chinese talla,
letting go its autumn …

Survivor Café

Survivor Café

Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, by Elizabeth Rosner. Counterpoint, 2017. $26, 237 pages.

Every generation bears the suffering and guilt of the one before. Poet and novelist Elizabeth Rosner explores this theme from her …

Ode to Ignorance

The museum guide says, “This statue is from Delphi.”
and a woman in our group says, “Yes, where they make
the china,” and the guide says, “Actually, you’re thinking
of Delft, not Delphi, which is somewhat to the north—

Love Song

Forgive me. I thought I was dead,
your flag draped over my face,

dolls across my lap. I want to leave.
I want to thrash out from under

the swelling crest of the dollar
before its undertow swallows us

like …


that was the year of sixty-page reports
in defense of the soul’s integrity of plans
cc’d to an unseen G-d called dean

that was the year of keening O with anger
O holy rage of meetings in a dusty room…