This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Uncertain Acrobats by Rebecca Hart Olander released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
This is what is left when language leaves us—the humming, the seesaw breath in and out, and images of who my father was: long-distance runner, cross-country coach, English teacher, essayist, rabid reader, belter of song and strummer of chords, backgammon partner, the last one up at night reading under dim light, his strong tea, loose, from Ireland, his measuring the leaves, his steeping overlong, cream in the stained vessel, the dark well, a ritual leading his inner lion to the easy chair, to make that lion lie down with the lamb he kept looking for.
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