July/Aug 2018 • Vol. XL No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2018 |

I Thought

for Bill Broder I thought I had traveled beyond the range of the human eye or the ear’s measure but no, there was my house, standing where it always stood, and the pot of red geraniums I thought I would find something wondrous and strange that I had never seen but no, it was the bird-lady rounding the corner with her sack of stale loaves I thought when I opened my door and called “Is anyone home?” I heard a voice I faintly recognized or remembered from a dream I had but no, it was only the old implacable din of silence waiting for me to enter and replenish its empty bowl

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Peter Everwine’s most recent book is Listening Long and Late (University of Pittsburgh, 2013). He has received fellowships from the NFA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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