Sep/Oct 2018 • Vol. XL No. 5 PoetrySeptember 1, 2018 |

Resin

I am going to die. No such thought has ever occurred to me since the beginning of my exclusive time in air, when God, having made my mind, first began to wrap it, slowly and continuously, in strips of linen soaked in a special admixture of rosewater, chicken fat, and pinecones studded with cloves to stop them from dripping. Nor is it likely I would ever have had such a thought in the time required by Him to finish the job, if someone else had not first introduced the thought into the process, thereby interrupting it, however briefly. But who?

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Mary Ruefle is the author of the forthcoming book Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).

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