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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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Since you got to behead
  hollyhock crown
  with your round
  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—
  to be born and die—
  it loved to ride
    the point
    of the needle—

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.

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