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NUDE FIGURE DANCING I THE FOREGROUND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You walk into a room where the women gather


You walk into a room where the women gather,
knitting stockings others will grow into.
Nothing comforts like the steady clicking
of needles. Ecclesiastes said there is
a time for all things. I only want to know
the final pattern, the right fit. What if
we dance in an autumn field where the moon
is nowhere to be found? The women gone
to their beds leave lamb's wool by the fire,
everything coming undone, dogs racing
into the heart of their immaculate rooms.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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