Academic journal article Chicago Review

Hair Cutting

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Hair Cutting

Article excerpt

She snips his hair with new scissors.

He ponders rain on the skylight, x^sup X^;

his father sent him an elephant tusk

carved into a village with lotus ponds

and waterfalls. His son, asleep, left

on the kitchen table in an unwaxed bag

clusters of chanterelles. Who probes

for ice crystals below the moon's surface?

He recalls a physicist who loved to raft

the Taos Box, complained of recurring

headaches, had a stroke, died. She is

wearing a string of graduated pearls

with a jade clasp. He puts his hands

on her hips, savors unbuttoning her blouse.

When a letter from Peter arrived today,

he slit it open: violin, jarana, harp music

from La Sierra de Zongolica spilled out.

In the aftermath of a miscarriage,

she loops back to a moonrise over White Sands,

to a skunkbush sumac in a transverse dune. …

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