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From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014
pp. 370-371 | 10.1353/ner.2014.0004

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The first question is not how
to accept the premise that I
am not the subject of this day—
its focus, protagonist, star—
but how to verify it. Most
evidence suggests the opposite:
everything radiating in circles
from my head, for instance,
centering me amidst countless
concentric orbits, the dark side
behind me, the bright one ahead,
the hemisphere of memory meeting
the hemisphere of expectation
at a line that bisects me at
the point from which I look. Yes,
it is hard to explain, but I see
indications that my children
were born to teach me hope and
fear and selflessness or about
all the many playthings there are,
and my mother died so I would
grow strong and sad ahead
of all my losses and disappointments
so as not to be surprised
or crestfallen, and my father
drank so I could walk away then
and drink so I can walk away now.
It’s almost obvious there is cause
and effect, logic, events
buddying up with their morals,
like how my wife was presented
to me so I could be good
to her, and bad. Perhaps
there are other things I’ll be
meant to do, tomorrow already
predestined. Everywhere I walk
I’m at the center of each step,
aligning sidewalk and sky like a
spirit-level bubble and bringing along
as much of the world as matters.

Craig Morgan Teicher  

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books, most recently To Keep Love Blurry (BOA, 2012) and the chapbook Ambivalence and Other Conundrums (Omnidawn, 2013). He works at Publishers Weekly, and his prose about poetry appears widely. He is a poetry editor for the Literary Review and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

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