See You in the Dark
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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The following poems and short prose pieces appeared first in these publications: “Coda” in Agni; “Flu” in Ascent; “Sleeping Dancers” in Denver Quarterly; “Hurricanes” in the Iowa Review; “The Key” in Poet Lore; “Projections,” “First Fig at Fifty,” and “Sarah and Jack Dancing in 1959” in Poetry East; ...
When as a college student I first encountered Verlaine’s most famous poem, I was delighted and enchanted. As with long familiarity of so many kinds, enchantment can lead irresistibly to parody. What follows are the original and successively diminished English versions. ...
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You were the boy with the crew cut sitting on my left in the Phoenix Theater on Twelfth Street, a Sunday matinee in September. I was the girl dressed all in black, alone. Do you remember me? Please let me know. I stayed in my seat during the intermission to work on the Times crossword puzzle. The theme was existentialism. ...
To liven things up at the sleep clinic—for as you can imagine, watching the insomniacs sleep and keeping track of the charts and flickering dials can be a soporific job—we decided to try something new. We invited our clients in pairs. Bring a friend, we advertised. Or sleep with a stranger if you must: leave it to us and we’ll make all the necessary arrangements. ...
The doctors, our families, everyone assumed we would choose the surgery right away. We were told it was easier and less problematic in infancy than later on. But we couldn’t bring ourselves to expose a newborn to that kind of risk, plus God knows what pain and trauma. Was it really worth it simply to remove something that was even—it sounds crazy, I know, but—kind of cute? ...
Sarah and Jack Dancing in 1959
I used to get a flush of sentiment, glancing at my parents in this ritualized pose, but now the more I study the photo, the more opaque, the more distant they become. My father is not even really offering himself to the camera. His self-satisfied smile—I’m pretty sure that’s a smile and not clamped-teeth submission— is quite private, ...
The terrible mocking blue sky is finally gone and we are all glad, even the obedient ones who have taken up their daily rounds, pretending that life will be as before. The sky has paled, the warmth drained from the air, and still we come each morning with our boxes of chalk, our knee pads, our goggles. ...
Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2012
Volume Title: 1
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