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Misc. poem (ones)

by Daneen Wardrop

Tu Fu’s friend made paper charms to call back the ones

whose souls were lost to war. Our ceiling fan scrawls circle on

top of circle on top of—what else is there to do under a spinning minute but crimp origami birds with my daughter, slide paper on

through the time we don’t own,

crease paper to call the ones

whose souls zag away? If every in-

hale is for spring, every exhale is for them, fold for fold—


Daneen Wardrop is the author of a book of poems, The Odds of Being, and two books of literary criticism, including Emily Dickinson’s Gothic (University of Iowa Press).  She has received the 2005 Bentley Prize for Poetry from The Seattle Review, the 2006 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award, and the 2007 Gerald Cable Book Award.  Her poetry has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, FIELD, The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. (1/2009)

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