Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2014 |

The Wrath of Juno

      A wandering husband    peopling the earth with my humiliations       which    the narrative requires. At least I shall never       be out of work.    I'm not immune to loveliness myself, in fact,       especially    in the warmer months, so much of it on display: the young       ones in their pretty    summer dresses and their open shoes, new crops of them every year.       I simply think    the better choice, what makes for dignity all round, is not       to touch.    But try telling that to a man who thinks he's a shower of gold.       What mystifies me,    truly, are the ones who guard the door. Nothing at stake       but vague    contempt for playing-it-all-too-straight. You'll have heard       the girl's affliction—    can't stop talking, can't say anything

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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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      A wandering husband    peopling the earth with my humiliations       which    the narrative requires. At least I shall never       be out of work.    I'm not immune to loveliness myself, in fact, […]

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