Poetry Fiction 2008

Event Horizon

A sneeze; a gull; an argument; a trip;
a finger bleeding from an envelope
whose clasp turned out to be sharp as a knife
so blood welling from my sudden cut
spots the page before I open it;
a leaking fountain pen; a piece of fruit
whose juice runs down my chin; the dolphin charm
on my new bracelet snagging in a lace
shawl as I turn the page. Remorseless foreground,
no one thing more real than any other.

Presented by

Rachel Hadas

Reachel Hadas's most recent collection of poems is River of Forgetfulness (2006). She teaches at Rutger's University.

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