By Jason Shinder
Graywolf Press Copyright © 2001 Jason Shinder
All right reserved. ISBN: 1-55597-320-5
Chapter One Part of the Body
It's not that her blouse isn't opening. If I say anything I'm a liar. It's just nobody lives here. Or it's late. Or I'm tired. Maybe lie down lightly or sideways, go back home before dinner. I can only bear one part of the body at a time, the fear the fear and the fear
Woman Undressing Sometimes I will stand up and leave. And, another time, I will remain but only stay so long. There's a moment I am mad with grief, seeing no one. Close my eyes and glimpse a glint of light lying down in a field. Because One Is Always Leaving Especially in the late afternoon, when my nieces close their eyes and bend their heads to inhale the bubbles that rise from the tall glasses of milk, licking the juice off their lips that open on the softened black-and-white cookies that have been dipped into the glass and then dipped again, sopping with cream, I like to think about stopping the passage of time - not a bird, not a branch in bloom, not an insect stirring in the still grasses and ferns.
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