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Greg Hewett

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Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010); The Eros Conspiracy (Coffee House Press, 2006); and Red Suburb (Coffee House Press, 2002). He teaches at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

by this poet


The frescoed cloister is closed.
No echo of omniscience 
escapes to wind or metaphor.
A cottage holds three bowls, 
earthen and chipped, on a table 
made of planks smoothed by the surf. 
One holds buttermilk;
another, tomatoes pale as moons;
the third, eggs the color

It’s obvious
beauty is a postage stamp,
a composed self-portrait
of Frida Kahlo
wearing a simple necklace,
an image chosen by the USPS
not because it was like one she painted
for Trotsky. Of course
beauty could not include
imagery of hammer and sickle