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by Chana Bloch

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RA 28.8, RA 14.4

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Trying to strike a match in a matchbook
that has lain all winter under the woodpile:
damp sulfur
on sodden cardboard.
I catch myself yawning. Through the window
I watch that sparrow the cat
keeps batting around.

Like turning the pages of a book the teacher assigned --

You ought to read it, she said.
It's great literature.

Chana Bloch is the author of The Past Keeps Changing (1992) and a co-translator of The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (1996).

Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; December 1997; Tired Sex; Volume 280, No. 6; page 88.

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