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By Sharan Strange

ISBN-10: 0807068632

ISBN-13: 9780807068632

ISBN-10: 0807068640

ISBN-13: 9780807068649

Creation by way of Sonia Sanchez Winner of the 2000 Barnard New girl Poets Prize

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The walls chatter, breathe salsa, their heartbeat insistent as my own. The house we live in, partitioned, some country with parts seceded, a body amputated. Blood, flesh, bone, skin—warm boundaries holding us— and words, reducing us always to language, destiny, intention. When the rhythms I move to are disrupted by hourly reports from the battlefront, I let the barrage explode around me, grasp at meanings that linger like artillery’s smoke trails or the dust cloud shadows of fleeing refugees. Downstairs, 38 stillness descends like fallout.

How exacting and faithless love was, how impartial in its going. . She curses this wound of old hurt, betrayal of the past revisited. Each reminder of her loss floods the synapses 41 with disappointment and a new pattern of discontent hums in her. Her thoughts are bewildered, bitter. She despises those who sing so sweetly, so shrilly of facile love. She dismisses any god that would bid her be happy, especially now when so little matters. She will go on this way for a while yet. She will go on each day cursing fate, which robbed her of true joy, defying the solace of faith or death, her heart renewed by anger, that boy—against all belief—keeping her alive.

Show him red; show the bull what’s to come. 35 Last Supper I’ve seen hogs herded for slaughter. Penned on the truck, they whine like saws biting into reluctant trees. Exiting, their last exercise is a wild dance skirting madness, a graceless capitulation. I witnessed Herman— who learned his name, ate from my hand— and his holy-eyed terror said more to me than any apostle’s text. Poor swine, surrogate Christ, you got no redemption though you left this world your blood and body. ‘‘You don’t eat meat?

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