Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Books in Cottages

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Books in Cottages

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Earlier, launched to one of those islands

so slight-a white fire of birches,

rocks to scratch the wooden belly of a boat-

we sighed aloud when we saw

a bald eagle, glow-headed, stretch

over the water of the lake.

It is so late now, so dark,

when a cottage door slams,

it sounds like a gunshot.

In the camp library, I find

an old, uncreased Bleak House that reminds me

of the soul's ambition to get through the story

before the body slung in a wooden rocker

on a birch-beam crossed porch

meets its end.

It isn't just what you didn't finish

that you leave behind,

So it is that A Guide to the Birds of Panama

ends up at this New Hampshire camp,

preface to a journey,

or yearning for what has been. …

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