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I Wear the Work Upon My Clothes

From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014
p. 360 | 10.1353/ner.2014.0051

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To enter the shop is to enter the acolytes’ chamber
and I take the table saw as seriously as god,
and know that inside every rough sawn plank there lives
some version of the devil, a deviation

from the path laid out boldly on the board,
the pencil’s dark pressed deep into the grain
such that a small channel has been crushed
into the wood, a reminder to live as closely

to the truth as one is able, even
though truth is what will take your fingers,
or send slivers deep into your hands.
When I come home after it all,

and strip down to my thinnest self, my clothes, they
do not forget; they wait and wait on the hook
that holds them; I walk away
and still they keep my shape.

Matthew Nienow  

Matthew Nienow holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington and a degree in Traditional Small Craft from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Poetry, Best New Poets (2007 and 2012), and in previous issues of NER. A 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, Nienow has also received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Artist Trust of Washington, and many other organizations. He lives with his wife and two sons in Port Townsend, Washington.

Copyright © 2014 Middlebury College Publications
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Nienow, M.(2014). I Wear the Work Upon My Clothes. New England Review 34(3), 360. Middlebury College. Retrieved February 28, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Matthew Nienow. "I Wear the Work Upon My Clothes." New England Review 34, no. 3 (2014): 360-360. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed February 28, 2014).
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