By Mary Jo Bang
Winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary booklet Prize for Poetry
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This day is inadequate too, and tomorrow getting shorter, even as we speak. In this flinty age of materialism we've grown fond of witches they embody our wish to believe, to immerse ourselves eat loaves made from wheat privily stolen drink from cups bearing filched wine. To be welcomed into imprudence, the elevated tor, unbreakable oath. Did Catholic girlhood prepare you for a Basilica that glows eerie white above shops selling trinkets? And glass holds the bones of her right forearm. Narcissism still moves us.
Dogs do well, however, chasing their own fitful shadows and squirrels quickly learn to sit open-mouthed beneath a tree while November shakes acorns and the season earns its name. She's wrapped herself around it, waiting to be returned. Each morning, I check the mirror to assure myself it's not I who languishes there. Thank you for the quote from Lorca. We have those same black water coaches here. When it rains, the herringbone pattern of the red brick path disappears, distorting all rightful sense of space.
No longer resisting; unfolding with ease; revealing scars from wounds that were slow to heal. The sky here is streaked with tile. You bloom in this forest of white. Page 33 Where Snow Falls Finally, simple And enough Reduced to the instantly Recognizablecar, curb, dark Striation of street. Enviable knickknack planet. With one glance The eye takes in the scene: forever Mitted fingers, Bright muffled throat, swiss dot Of shaken snow. And straight up That floating slip Of frigid air Where colorless sky Meets cover of glass.
Apology for want by Mary Jo Bang