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Callaloo 23.1 (2000) 31

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Moving Target

Carl Phillips

Part 1: In the Family

If to be patient were less
an exercise
and more a name to be worn, say,
in the middle--
that he might wear it--
Of the linen sash to
his robe, of linen,
that his hands have
fashioned a knot such that
the knot suggests now a dragonfly in
flight from what is harmless and
not, entirely--
that he might, if at all, know this
only as when without understanding it
we know we have and have come to
expect we shall have always
upon others
an effect we do not
His face:
a face, turning. And
then a turned one.

Carl Phillips is the author of From the Devotions, a finalist for the National Book Award, In the Blood, winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize, Cort├ęge, finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and his most recent collection, Pastoral. He teaches at Washington University (St. Louis), where he has also served as the director of the Creative Writing Program.



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