Fortune Teller

Fortune Teller

              What did I want from her?           I already know           one half of life is to build,           the other half for wind to dismantle.             I know a person’s gait conveys           the number of stones in their heart.           I know history...
The Great Psychiatrist

The Great Psychiatrist

    I visited him three times. The first visit we spoke about T. S. Eliot’s play The Cocktail Party and the character he reminded me of, a sort of spiritual psychiatrist: a no-nonsense male authority figure with T. S. Eliot’s world-weary deep rueful skeptical...
Hammer

Hammer

              If to a hammer everything’s a nail,           Then to a nail everything’s unfixed.             To the unfixed the world is storybook,           And to storybooks love is to be read.             To be read is to be fixed, to be nailed,           To be...
DUZ Does Everything

DUZ Does Everything

              To hear her tell it, my mother was a housewife           for decades in the 1950s—collecting blue             glasses from boxes of laundry soap because life           came piecemeal like that. Her husband’s             greens slick with bacon fat like...
We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

              What we remember most           was never real:           there was never a white van           but we feared it. Yes, he was           shooting, but no van, and           it wasn’t white, why           did we say otherwise?           You had to factor...
Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889

Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889

              When I pick up my 90-year-old father-in-law to drive him                                      to the early service           at Galilee Church, where he has gone for the last quarter                                        century, he hobbles...
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