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How Precise, Joy and Melancholy

by Mary Buchinger


In a sky of banded color—pink and black as if ruled—a bird flies
all pink pink air, draws near the terrible line, touches, enters, and is lost


Note: “and today Proust paints distance” and “How Precise, Joy and Melancholy” are based on passages from C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin’s translation of Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, with revisions by D. J. Enright.

 

Mary Buchinger's poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Diagram, Slice Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection Aerialist is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press. She is associate professor of English and Communication Studies, MCPHS University, Boston. (6/2014)


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