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Essays

Autumn 1999 Edition Selections

“Aunt Lily and Frederick the Great”

by Jean Nordhaus

After the war, she painted her walls
a French blue, pale as the watered
blue silk of her eyes, filled her rooms
with cream and gold-leaf chairs, . . .


“The Trick”

by Susan Wood

“This is the Provincetown police and we’d like you to come down
and identify two bodies found at—” and I’m swaying, holding on

to the phone stand, I know what it means to have your heart
in your mouth, it’s there, it feels like a plucked and skinned chicken . . .


“Craft”

by Amy Newman

In the alchemy of landscape, practice
is the clock of early summer,
when the tired doves are dressed up foolishly
and skitter timidly, like magician’s assistants.


“Darwin’s Unfinished Notes to Emma”

by Amy Newman

The world this morning is wide as this sea,
and full of potential. I think of you. so often,
with great sadness at our distance.

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