Fred Marchant

The Left Hand
December 16, 2016 Marchant Fred

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







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.