The Left Hand

clay votive offering

 

Etruria, 3rd century BCE

 

maybe three inches tall

 

forget the museum’s numbers on the wrist

 

look hard into the open palm instead

 

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take your time

 

 

Image used with permission of the Gregorian Etruscan Museum of the Vatican.

Fred Marchant‘s new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Spring 2017. He is also the author of the following collections of poetry: The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point. He has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, and has (with Nguyen Ba Chung) co-translated the work of the Vietnamese poets Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que. Marchant is an Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, and the Founding Director of that university’s Poetry Center.

Issue #66 January 2017
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