Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 Poetry |

Dido Refuses to Speak

For Susan Boti 1. The forestays, the sternsheet,      the benches,   the yard,       the wooden pins to which   the oars arebound with strips of leather, he    explained this, tholeand loom, I thought the words      were just as lovely as the workings. And I thought      I knew the principle:   the moving forward facing where you've       been, the muscled   quarrel with the muscled sea, likelove, that sweet againstness. And    the linen sail:happy the weaver whose work might bedeck      the chamber where we lay us down. How strange      it seems from just a little distance:   the living tree, the ax,       the chisel, cattle   whom we kill andskin, all so that they may live again on    water but including us. 2. Because she'd never not      been there, my Anna (I   can feel her no

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Linda Gregerson’s most recent book, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

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