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Living Room

by Eric McHenry

(with artwork by Gary G. Logan)

This is no way to live: as though more light
were wanted here, a winded sun has come
through the east window like a stumblebum
to order things. This is no way to fight
disorder: sticks of furniture that seem
to have been broken up and brushpiled prior
to now; the ceiling falls upon the fire
with nothing, with its one obtruding beam.
No one has stayed to watch these things abet
their breaking down. The kindling doesn’t catch
its implication, that it is no match
for meditation. Only the sun has set
itself, and like bad faith it’s still about,
was not let in and will not be put out.


Eric McHenry has recently published poems in American Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and Poet Lore and creative nofiction in The Baffler, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and New Letters. His translations appear in Jorges Luis Borges: Selected Poems (Viking/Pen-guin, 1999) and The New Criterion. (1999)

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