Winter 1984 • Vol. VI No. 1 Five Love Poems |

The House

My father and I set up walls and roof. We set the joists, the floor plates, the two-by-fours, lifted the rafters on pulleys, roofed it. And his unsteady grief left this house for me.

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Robert Bly is the author of many books of poetry and translation. His recent collection is Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (Norton). He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Ruth.

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