Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1999 |

The Life Concise

FROM THE UNPUBLISHED DIARY OF CORA S. CASWELL,         WESTERN NEW YORK STATE, 1881-1890 One day, one line, a thumbnail equilibrium, poised symmetry of summary that adds up like the short tone of pennies, the old morality of their worth, in a bank at home. Endeavors and whereabouts: in Randolph, Steamburg, Sugar Grove, Salamanca, Quaker Run, and Cherry Creek; she goes to school, learns to teach, works sewing in a shop, and lists—too briefly for a thrill— reunions, picnics, dances she attends. Surprise parties. Sunday meetings. In quiet snow, in tantrum rain on pleasant days, lives one-line days. Is she ever a page torn from modern woman's life? Cora knits mittens, ties quilts with Allie Bowen, buys a cow and sells a colt, picks grapes and dandelions,fetches syrup, butter, gathers butternuts; she sleighs, paints buggies, papers a room, takes singing lessons, hosts inpourings of guests and reciprocally is invited to their homes. Everyone stays one night with ev

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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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