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November 7, 2008 The New School, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive

About this poet

Rusty Morrison is the author of Beyond The Chainlink (Ahsahta Press, 2014). She is the copublisher of Omnidawn and lives in Richmond, California.

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Rusty Morrison

 

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Rusty Morrison

Rusty Morrison

Rusty Morrison is the author of Beyond The Chainlink (Ahsahta Press, 2014). She is the copublisher of Omnidawn and lives in Richmond, California.

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I was dragging a ladder slowly over stones stop
it was only from out of my thoughts that I could climb stop
not from the room please

my father's dying offered an indelicate washing of my
perception stop   
the way the centers of some syllables scrub

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the rustle of a Sunday bundle of newspapers tucked under my father's arm stop
and no father walking toward me stop
on the branch only oak leaves reddening as wind ripens their talent for exodus stop

on the lawn a scatter of wrens head-down but tail-erect stop

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my father's dying makes stairs of every line of text seeming neither to go up or down
   stop   
that I make the nodding motion to help myself feel I understand stop
in common with his bafflement I find comprehension alone will not suffice stop

that I