Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 Poetry |

October Parting

you're a good one for that       you saidalready holding the railing              after I promisedI'd write you letters             later she'll comeafter I've gone the one                 who into afternoon airhas you reading poems aloud    three times a weekwho hangs the wreath                 and makes you walkthe perimeter          of your house of miniaturesand thinking of her                           I could sayI would have kept you           but you were a windnot trapped not spent   waiting at the door           on a stoolappointed for that purpose       and seeing you therehow it cut deep cut new                 so that having written         bitter

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Carol Ann Davis is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry; her poetry collections are Psalm (2007) and Atlas Hour (2011). Recent work is forthcoming in Volt, American Poetry Review, and Image. This summer, after editing Crazyhorse for over a decade and directing the undergraduate program in creative writing at the College of Charleston for a number of years, she joined the faculty of Fairfield University and began teaching in their MFA Program.

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