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  • The Back Stairs
  • Michael Metivier (bio)

The Back Stairs

On a Sunday once through the balustrade a storm yet hours away reached out like God and the slave knew first climbing up the back stair just when the clouds would burst from a wren who fought the air back to her nest aside the slave quarters of the manse, a dome-like cave of weed-stalks and chance bits of errant fluff that held still her quiet eggs pink-spotted and rough in the wind that whispered riot. [End Page 186]

Michael Metivier

Michael Metivier’s poetry has either appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Poetry, North American Review, Crazyhorse, and Washington Square. He lives with his wife and daughter in Vermont.



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