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p a s t   i s s u e s....
s u b m i s s i o n s....
l i n k s

 

 

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SHARON DOLIN



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THE ART OF LEAVING THINGS ALONE


  

If your temperament
is to pull yourself up
              by the roots
to see how fast you’re growing »

leave germinating in the soil
& pat it down.
              Do nothing in a storm »
better than undoing yourself

get wet   
or stay in & avoid
              the show. Rumors like
attention or else die:    

Late » Green » Everywhere »
soon becomes ho-hum.    
              Like the grant she used
to fix « eyelid droop »

blink-blink.

 





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KNOW YOUR SOVEREIGN FAULT

  

& pummel it.
That you veil yourself
            with absence

take heed: another word
for morbid is necromantic.
If you become aware

of how you partner with the dead
bow out & take up living
            skin-to-skin.

Gone too far in your lassitude?
Dust off that odor of dried roses
& atomize yourself with
            eau-de-violette

Get up & dance » the only way
to live before you’ve left.


 




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KNOW YOUR UNLUCKY DAYS
   

At parties, while conversing, if she looks past
                                                            your shoulder
                                    withdraw »
                  admit bad fortune. 

Even beauty may fall from grace.

Recalibrate & brew strong pu-erh tea.
                                                            Burn sage.
Stay awake & with a stick stalk
                                                    the edge of fields.

                                                           To leap
                                          sometimes you must
                  step back or step away »

if only for this one unlucky day.


 




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BIO: Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry collections. Her new book, Manual for Living, has just been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition and teaches in Writing About Art in Barcelona each June. http://www.sharondolin.com/barcelona-workshops/






 

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