Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 Poetry |

Preparation

1. I walk though the house, turning off the lights. The lamps in the living room, where my mother and father read; the lamp in the dining room, by the table where they eat, the kitchen light, by the wheezing yellow Kelvinator, the pantry light, the last lighthouse in the dark, moths capsizing against it. . . . The farmhouse creaks, and summer storms flicker at the horizon--- electricity over the trees, an EKG. In the field, the horses sleep on their feet. What is the grass to them? What makes them startle as we approach in the morning, bearing fallen apples? 2. When I was a girl we went every summer to a house on a dirt road by a thawing mountain river and a culvert where the water roared . . . My brother and I waded all day in that stream, pulling up rocks and building a dam, chasing the dog away from our work, till the water pooled and we could dunk ourselves, cold chalice, breaking the boundary between outside and in. ---As if we could breathe underwater, our bodies s

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Meghan O’Rourke, a poet and essayist, is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Sun In Days. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, she teaches in the writing programs at NYU and Princeton.

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