Death of a Salesman casts a theatrical shadow over this wildly thoughtful collection, Elizabeth A. I. Powell’s second after The Republic of Self, a New Issue First Book Prize winner. A Vermonter since 1989, her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2013, and other places. She teaches at Johnson State College and is editor of Green Mountains Review.
HOW TO SEW AN UNHEMMED DAY
Can you gather in sorrow’s excess stratosphere? Evenly baste
the sky’s regret? Do you know how to smock diminishment?
Embroider your way out? Have you a thimble? Check
in your little mending kit. Don’t despair to protect yourself,
how about scissors to sever the binding thread? Clearly
you’ve lost your instruction
book and pattern.
Soon the night will unstitch from the sky’s protective net,
this unrepairable blue, cloaking you in
You won’t remember the smell of your hair,
the curve of your waist.
Where are your spectacles?
before the swatch of aquamarine fades.
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