Summer/Fall 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 3/4 New VoicesJuly 1, 1999 |

Vincent’s Ear

1. Hear this: you are the kind of person to cup your quiet hands around a moth or slap it with the flat of your palm as it paddles toward the bald GE bulb out on the screen porch. Because I am your hands and that light, that hot dumb light, burning both our flesh and brown wings. 2. They say it is a simple operation, a series of three, really, performed by a doctor in California. I could come home pale with a souvenir blue-veined hospital bracelet and brand new ear, so new it glistens, almost better than birth and twice as perfect as the other one. 3. In grade school, my mother was the art lady. Every Thursday, corseting her frame into a shrunken, Alice in Wonderland chair, she ooed with us over Blue Boy and, to be fair, Pinkie. I felt Van Gogh and I were soul mates. I would have given him my good ear. I looked into his blue-walled room and saw my child bed. And it wasn't his eyes, sunken flint. It wasn't his head, shaven, flinching at itself. It was my ear on hi

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Alison Stine
Alison Stine is an essayist, poet, novelist, and visual artist. Her most recent fiction book is a novella The Protectors (Little A), and her most recent book of poetry is Wait (University of Wisconsin Press). An NEA Fellow and former Ruth Lilly Fellow, she works as a reporter, and illustrates for The Rumpus.

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