Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2009 |

The Sense of Style

And in this frame great-grandmother looks lovely   In her high-collared satin dress,So many buttons! A button for every sin, as   They used to say, and the stoneCameo brooch that has come down to you, my dear.   Long past her prime she maintainedA sense of style though somehow free of vanity,   Unlike the pastor, her husband,Who perhaps from too much Ecclesiastes,   The vanitas vanitatum,Was so obsessed with this he would not face a mirror   Or the dark art of photography,Said he would die first, which his wife took with a grain   Of salt, or maybe not—we stillWonder. But at least she hired Brady and assistant   To come to the rectory onSuch and such a date when man and wife were to be   At home, to take their portrait,For there must be one for posterity, for all   To read their lineaments. And as it happened this was the very day my great   Grandfather chose to breathe his last,A sad day for his widow certainly,

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Daniel Mark Epstein is a poet and biographer who has published more than twenty books of poetry and nonfiction. His "Sonnets For a Cruel April," provides the text for a short dramatic film with Tyne Daly, Jennifer Van Dyck, and other actors that will be available as a webcast and on Youtube in June 2020

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