Winter 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 1 Poetry |

Late Psalm

I am hating myself for the last time.    I'm rolling up angst like a slice of bread, squishing it into a glob that will rot    into blue medicine-another joke, delivered by God, who when you finally    elbow and nudge to the front of the line, says, Oh, but the first shall be last …    I'm considering the roadside grass, all dressed up and headed straight for the fire.    "Who isn't?" say the flames, though it's easy to pretend not to hear    in this mountain resort with its windows all finely dressed for the busiest season,    filled with glass fish, turquoise earrings, infusers that turn weeds into tea.    "Who isn't poor already?" sing the stalks of dried milkweed, though it's hard to    imagine these shoppers in bright ski jackets coated with road grit, dust from the chunks    of bituminous coal left outside mines for the poor to glean. The poor—    just driving by those bent figures, filling their plastic bags, here in th

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Betsy Sholl's eighth collection of poems, Otherwise Unseeable, is due out from the University of Wisconsin Press in April 2014. "Late Psalm" is the title poem of a previous collection from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006-2011.

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