Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2010 |

Summons

She broke the laws and evidence of nature, physics, time, anything that would cost her more than she could acknowledge, believing these things would not fall to rot and waste, that she could transform them into sustenance if she just delivered the right combination of ignorance and willfulness: month old hamburger a roof more sky than wood televisions delivering sporadic glimpses of scenes from other lives on their way to somewhere beyond the door she replaced, too big for the frame, allowing passage in the ways it never closed. Sometimes when we borrowed cars, we would spend the day at hardware stores, wandering through paneling aisles and plumbing showrooms, where gleaming sinks and color-coordinated toilets hid pipes that led to nowhere, and when years later, we spent weekends fitting pine tongues into grooves across her insulated walls, she seemed disappointed, the reality of her rootedness confirmed by the ways I tried to deny the inevitable decay of our history, ca

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Eric Gansworth, S˚ha-weñ na-saeɂ (Onondaga), writer and visual artist, was raised at the Tuscarora Nation. He is a professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University and was one of fifteen writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s literary legacy. His books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). His most recent book is Give Me Some Truth.

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