July 1, 1981

The Celebrants

By Elaine Feinstein

1  Remember Melusine morose specter, whose own superstition once  made a serpent of her: she was betwitched into a myth by chance  out of her housekeeping because she was credulous, and so […]

July 1, 1981

Parting Present

By Rodney Pybus

From The Loveless Letters The years are replaced and petrify. Some distant percolation of rain-forest like a dream still there in daylight has given me this polished five-sided talisman: a […]

July 1, 1981

Loveless Leaving

By Rodney Pybus

From The Loveless Letters Dear, distant wife, soon no longer distant: my masters have spoken to swivel my world again and I’ll trade in this gaudy pang of distance for […]

July 1, 1981

Loveless Times

By Rodney Pybus

From The Loveless Letters Dear, distant wife, here the bell does not call us to think on the divine, leaning on the dark wood of childhood in clean and singing […]

July 1, 1981

Circus

By Craig Raine

These circus people wean their children late: double-jointed steps unfold from a caravan and a mother sits, staring at her thoughts, while men arrange the masts and get the big-top […]

July 1, 1981

Coastline

By Elaine Feinstein

This is the landscape of the Cambrian age:  shale, blue quartz, planes of slate streaked with iron and lead; soapstone, spars of calcite;  in these pools, fish are the color […]

July 1, 1981

At Seven a Son

By Elaine Feinstein

In cold weather on a garden swing, his legs in wellingtons rising over the winter rose trees he sits serenely smiling like a Thai his coat open, his gloves sewn […]