“Part of Eve’s Discussion” by Marie Howe

“Part of Eve’s Discussion”

It was like the moment when a bird decides not to eat from your hand, and flies, just before it flies, the moment the rivers seem to still and stop because a storm is coming, but there is no storm, as when a hundred starlings lift and bank together before they wheel and drop, very much like the moment, driving on bad ice, when it occurs to you your car could spin, just before it slowly begins to spin, like the moment just before you forgot what it was you were about to say, it was like that, and after that, it was still like that, only all the time.

— Marie Howe, The Good Thief, Persea Books, 1988

posted at poets.org

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21277

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