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FURTHER READING
Poems by Lisa Jarnot
After Catullus
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Cattails
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Brooklyn Anchorage

 
by Lisa Jarnot

and at noon I will fall in love 
and nothing will have meaning 
except for the brownness of 
the sky, and tradition, and water 
and in the water off the railway 
in New Haven all the lights 
go on across the sun, and for 
millennia those who kiss fall into 
hospitals, riding trains, wearing 
black shoes, pursued by those 
they love, the Chinese in the armies 
with the shiny sound of Johnny Cash, 
and in my plan to be myself 
I became someone else with
soft lips and a secret life, 
and I left, from an airport, 
in tradition of the water
on the plains, until the train 
started moving and yesterday 
it seemed true that suddenly 
inside of the newspaper 
there was a powerline and 
my heart stopped, and everything 
leaned down from the sky to kill me 
and now the cattails sing.






From Ring of Fire by Lisa Jarnot, published by Zoland Books. Copyright © 2001 by Lisa Jarnot. Reprinted with permission of Zoland Books, Inc. All rights reserved.
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