Lisa Russ Spaar

Magical Thinking
August 23, 2019 Spaar Lisa Russ

Magical Thinking



My dog does not question
why I’m beneath my desk.
She senses why I’m upset, statuesque—
the sullen fist striking wall


has sent her here, too.  We share
panic’s wedge, cooped chests interjecting
be your own mother,  protect, protect.
Without, day shortens, the year’s enamel


smelt & gray.  Impressive, how long
an animal can crouch.  Me, knees to chin.
Childhood game:  don’t move.  Tuck within.
Be unseen.  Proximate to chaos,


consider time’s husbandless stare.
Know where love abides.  Send signal flare.

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author/editor of over ten poetry collections and anthologies. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, and the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a professor at the University of Virginia.