Before We Had Words

Before We Had Words

by Zitner


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Before We Had Words by Zitner

Words across a Ouija Board: Memory is the mother of the Muses, said the Greeks. What we write are shadows of recollections, fictions growing out of other fictions. But now these words grow out of memory failing, as where and when blanch slowly to perhaps. The two who sheltered from the sudden downpour, hugging close, or woke to each other in the dark, or quarreled hatefully-were they snatches of old stories, or were you once my wife? Death veils you in the features of passers-by, and age makes yellow secrets of our letters, until the past is unalloyed with circumstance, and becomes pure moments of unearned deserving.

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ISBN-13: 9780773524491
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 07/24/2002
Series: Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.40(d)

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