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  • feedwordpress 00:05:44 on 2018/04/03 Permalink
    Tags: Poetry   

    Goose-down Nape 


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    There was a beautiful poem by Kayo Chingonyi in the New York Magazine this week titled The Nod:

    When we’re strangers that pass each other
    in the street, it will come down to this tilt
    of the head — acknowledging another
    version of events set in a new-build
    years from now, a mess of a place filled
    with books and records, our kids thick as thieves
    redefining all notions of mischief.

    Perhaps our paths will cross in a city
    of seven hills as the light draws your face
    out from the bliss of anonymity.
    Maybe you’ll be stroking the goose-down nape
    of a small child with eyes the exact shade
    of those I met across a room at the start
    of this pain-in-the-heart, this febrile dance.

    When I hear "seven hills" my mind immediately goes to Rome, then San Francisco, but Wikipedia has a helpful list of cities that claim to be built on seven hills.

    A friend pointed out The Nod is a fine complement to The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

     
  • feedwordpress 18:01:41 on 2016/09/10 Permalink
    Tags: , Poetry   

    The Meadow 


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    Bedeviled,
    human, your plight, in waking, is to choose from the words

    that even now sleep on your tongue, and to know that tangled
    among them and terribly new is the sentence that could change your life.

    From The Meadow by Marie Howe.

     
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