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B. H. Fairchild

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B. H. Fairchild is the author of Usher (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010).

by this poet

—know thyself

Flashlight in hand, I stand just inside the door
in my starched white shirt, red jacket nailed shut
by six gold buttons, and a plastic black bowtie,
a sort of smaller movie screen reflecting back
the larger one. Is that really you? says Mrs. Pierce,
my Latin teacher, as I lead her to