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and today Proust paints distance

by Mary Buchinger

glass jars—
                  the village children

    lower them
                      into the Vivonne for minnows

crystal containers   of    flowing crystal
        insoluble glass     impalpable water

         the fish flashing,
         caught and carried for bait

     come, time, come

                                      that child-once-was
                                          that splash in a jar

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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