Mar/Apr 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 2 PoetryMarch 2, 2022 |

A Loft

My two tall windows let in so much light I can see kiln fires in the facing floor-to-ceiling red-brick wall that all day moodily smolders and flares up and dies, but never quite, so that it’s never altogether dark in here until it’s black out there. A cooling one could mistake for calm expands around me as the day dims. “I don’t miss anyone,” I say to no one when my damaged left hand starts to ache and, on its own, is slowly opening and closing as though around a hand it’s trying to remember till the ache passes, and it then forgets. And I’m calm again, or cool, just as earlier this afternoon I didn’t notice the continuous low rumbling of a generator somewhere below me on a rooftop till it switched off and the in-rush of quiet brought it to my ear the way an even keener quiet rushed in when the cries I also hadn’t heard were all I could hear once the crying stopped. • • Each window is a Facebook page the world is doomscrolling down past sirens mixed with h

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ALAN SHAPIRO's most recent book of poems, Song and Dance, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002.

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