Spring 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1992 |

On the Approach to My 49th Birthday

Oh, but the hand that holds her breast is grassy!                 BRECHT Here's a black felt slipper on a foot three parts submerged in sock like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. My stomach creeps outward in a fine friendship with the earth like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. There is time on my hands, and a fat lot of geography in my address book like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. Mother came to stay with her death inside her making its way gradually out to us like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. In the handbag were lipstick and mirror clacking against a comb with rounded teeth like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. I have renewed the cat, installed a goldfish who does modern dance like Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River. It's a long march, a long swim. You'd never believe it. These feet have seen Chairman Mao swimming down the Yellow River.

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