Winter 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1992 |

Contra-Dancing in Nelson, N. H.

for Leslie It was a ragged crew, just like you'd said—some hippies, gents and ladies, little kids. On stage, our landlord fiddled in his red T-shirt, a country maestro, as he slid his fingers up and down the viol's neck. The barefoot caller, a local who lived for the do-si-dos, had a strange inflec-tion, strange to me, that is. You pointed out the folks you recognized, oddballs with self-respect, protected by rural tradition. With a shout the allemandes began, and a stout man, pony-tailed, masking a Talmudic pout, bowed politely and requested your hand. Couples lined up according to gender and flew through steps at the caller's command. The music roused me, summer pretender to the country life, and I slapped my knee like the townies who could still remember Nelson's young years, when locals didn't flee the Saabs and Volvos racing down the hills. In cut-offs, a musician tuned his C. The dancers drank from bottles perched on sills. We swatted at mosqu

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