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And the snow angles down      like the sea,

like the sea,

making angels      of the hillbilly statuary—each bale and blade,      rodents      frozen for spring—

the ego listening,      finally,      to its sent-down detail:

To be a hollow for love      that longs to settle uponand not penetrate.

To be a titanwith great capacities, all      I ever wished to be.

Years beached upon the edge      of a childhood,

      learning so little.

How kindly the snows, however      late, come to motherand father me. [End Page 265]

Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince is the author of The Children (2012) and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The TLS, The Nation, Granta, and elsewhere. She has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. She lives in Pennsylvania and was the 2012 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place. paulabohince@hotmail.com

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