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Prism
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after Arvo Pärt

It requires a rocking, slow, of the right hand.
Light rain, one side
of the glass, flame, the other.

Bow pulled across slowly, like night falling,
a long night in which you do not think.
You do not think of loss.

Pines sway. You are far from everything,
from everyone. Lightness, heaviness,
they become the same.

Lift the air in your two hands. Hold it
awhile. Notice how your fingers
cool at the tips, how the palms

want to keep rising.
There is a lake outside, of course.
Frozen enough to walk on.

And a path through the pines.
You know it’s there.
There is no need to go there.

Susan Ludvigson  

Susan Ludvigson’s most recent collection is Escaping the House of Certainty . Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Poetry , and Shenandoah , and she has held Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She paints as well as writes in the company of fiction writer Scott Ely, her husband, and four supportive dogs.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Susan Ludvigson. "Prism." Southern Review 49.4 (2013): 601-601. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Ludvigson, S.(2013). Prism. Southern Review 49(4), 601. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Susan Ludvigson. "Prism." Southern Review 49, no. 4 (2013): 601-601. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed October 10, 2013).
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