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by Laurie Lamon

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When you tell me I
should keep the house
and furniture, the air
inside the car is like
the breath a woman holds,
breaking eggs against
a bowl or listening
for the sound of shoes
in the bedroom, the closet
door closing where her
husband has just
stood, choosing a tie.

Laurie Lamon is an assistant professor of English at Whitworth College, in Spokane, Washington. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry Northwest, and Primavera.
Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; August 1998; When You Tell Me; Volume 282, No. 2; page 86.

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