All of the Above (Barnard New Women Poets Series) by Dorothy Barresi

By Dorothy Barresi

Winner of the 1990 Barnard New ladies Poets Prize.

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The suburbs have given back their angels. Refineries rise then sink like wedding cakes into the filthy riverwe've seen it often enough and it is wrongheaded or lachrymose to wish the Old World back as well, with its babushkas and lamentations, prayer cloths, boats reeking of garlic cloves by which we washed up on these shores. " The shining field, Page 19 the ugly babies in the architecture puffing their thousand-year cheeks at us: I think it wasn't ours, the past, and now will never be, who left for better footing, this purchase on brighter, quicker ground.

Yours is the sun so hot it's a noise everywhere inside you. Like toothache or heartache: a plow strikes a stone somewhere near Bloomington, and you launch that Budweiser at the dining room wall all over again, to make a point. Page 41 Your father yelling something about Communists and coronaries. Never mind. Arroyo melts into barrio, Badlands into high plains as if any gap or sudden promontory could be filled by faith and motion alone. In this way, not going where, just going, you met Sheilaor was it by then Rainbow Dulcimer Sheila?

Tomas Tranströmer, "C Major" "If the crown fits, wear it," the Prince always crowed. Have a heart, the moon says now, the same one the dish & the cow & the spoon had dealings with. One life's enough for anyone. Did we mention that we began in ashes? Bone-grave, small town, our mourning mothers and sisters swatted back the way a white horse swats heat, sometimes hitting a fly; later our gramophone, prized possession, stiffened to a morning glory with rigor mortis. The wind roared like nothing in our ears, then nothing.

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