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The Point of the Needle

From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 2, 2013
pp. 77-78 | 10.1353/ner.2013.0067

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The Point of the Needle

Since you got to behead each   hollyhock crown   with your round   guillotine   of a mouth— I hope you get to spin inside your   paper house.   Emerge noctuidae,   owlet moth,   laying your eggs in leaves at night. That you might finish your stitch— Replicate yourself in time so you are   always present—   each egg a deposit—   an echo-pearl of “you” along time’s string— That my soul might be allowed   to flourish— Make a success   of threading flesh, to participate   again in time, on   long arcs between sets of plunge, even though     it hurt— [End Page 77]   to be born and die—   it loved to ride     the point     of the needle— [End Page 78]

Dana Levin

Dana Levin is the author of In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), and Sky Burial (2011), all from Copper Canyon Press. Her poetry and essays have appeared recently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and Poetry. A recipient of fellowships and awards from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim foundations, Levin teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico.