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Angie Estes is the author of Enchantee (Oberlin College Press, 2013).

Apostrophe

Angie Estes
How many in a field
of wheat, and to whom
do they belong? O death, O
grave, Bright star, thou bleeding piece 
of earth, thou shouldst be
living at this hour, world without
synonym, amen. But I
digress, turn away like Giotto’s
contrapposto Christ, apostle
of contrecoeur—nothing like the cardinal 
calling this morning, the third 
fifty-degree day at the end 
of December, to his cinnamon 
mate. The headline says, "Pope Calls 
Cardinals to Rome." But will they
come? It is written above—superscript, sign,
omission—a gentle tender insinuation
that makes it very difficult to definitely
decide to do without it. One does
do without it, I
do, I mostly always do, but
I cannot deny that from time
to time I feel myself
having regrets and from time to
time I put it in. This do in remembrance
of me, your only wick
to light. For where two
or three are gathered in 
my name, like snow in April, lid
on a coffin, ice on the lake, I’ll come
between you and yours; I give you
my word.

"Apostrophe" by Angie Estes from Chez Nous, Oberlin College Press, © 2005. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press.

"Apostrophe" by Angie Estes from Chez Nous, Oberlin College Press, © 2005. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press.

Angie Estes

Angie Estes is the author of Enchantee (Oberlin College Press, 2013).

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No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five
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My mother said that Uncle Fred had a purple
heart, the right side of his body
blown off in Italy in World War II,
and I saw reddish blue figs
dropping from the hole
in his chest, the violet litter
of the jacaranda, heard the sentence
buckle, unbuckle like a belt
before opening the way
a feed sack opens all
at