h o m e........
from A Manual for Living
Undress your wish to direct your nevertheless.
away from that withered fate.
to fretting—and you’ll miss the dance.
about someone will be blared about you. Why not
Power is such a fickle hour, mean wealth
your purview (repute is a beaut)
Stick With Your Own Business
Advice being the first covert vice . . .
Stick to your give
(Flick what don’t own
Knowing and attending to what actually disconcerts you
Harbor in your before and aft mainsail
Buss thus despite wooziness
By being twice nice is all yours (a nice trice)
By the less of this
Back to your bowl of sticky rice
By giving up giving in (or out)
Care for What You Happen to Have—There is Nothing to Lose
So what if your beloved has died
As long as your breath’s chest falls
and float away. What you have is what you seek—
Observe the blue dragon
Stick two forks in. Now go call your son.
Bio: Sharon Dolin is the author of five books of poems, most recently: Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Sharon Dolin has been awarded the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship by the Library of Congress. Other poems from A Manual for Living have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Spillway, and the Spoon River Poetry Review. She is on the poetry faculty of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City. www.sharondolin.com
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