Winter 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Poetry |

Confessions

And what is this God? I asked the earth and it answered: "I am not he," and all things that are on the earth confessed the same thing. —SAINT AUGUSTINE, Confessions   I      Voice over:    Then to Carthage I came.        Shadows on the flat water        and towers majestic in their        darkened shoulders which        slouched coldly from the light …        New voice interrupts:        Delusions: Nothing but a photograph        tacked to the corkboard of a study wall,        an old Mentor paperback, underlined,        its yellowed pages scaling        like the unwaxed leaf,        unremembered, found pressed        and crumbling among        yesterday's news. …        First voice, as if from a distance:     

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Frank X. Gaspar is an American poet, novelist, and professor of Portuguese descent. His most recent novel is Stealing Fatima (Counterpoint press, December, 2009). His collection of poetry, Night of a Thousand Blossoms (Alice James Books, 2004) was one of twelve books honored as the "Best Poetry of 2004" by Library Journal. His most recent collection of poems is Late Rapturous, from Autumn House Press.

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