Spring 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2012 |

Interior Accents, Denmark

— 19th c. oil, C. Sørensen When I am in "these rooms," as all say when sober, I know the autobiography of "this room" has to differ from biographies of other space. In the following way: the room, I; the room, it. I (said the room) I am tree-top cones, I am many sprigs; you, I said of it, are my childhood lodge, the bureau bearlike, the table a horse, and we all have glass pulls for eyes, accents. What if there were a corner missing? The bio of this room is that it tends to heal, or tenderly heals. Will collect its corner. This room has been to emergency and back. It's come home. There is no telephone to my interior but it is the place where someday intention will dial invention. My room will smell of ethyl on a rayon cotton ball as the atoms of a wound sting, sanitary as a name on a door, in common office font. How much interiors need wood—beam ceiling, floor, chair, lintels, and sills and picture frames. Accents, but forbearing. Flo

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Sandra McPherson is the author of twenty books and is retired from teaching at the University of California at Davis. Her twenty-first book, Quicksilver, Cougars, and Quartz, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry Press. Recent poems appeared in TriQuarterly, Poetry, Plume, Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, and Ploughshares. She founded Swan Scythe Press.

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