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Ghost in a Red Hat: Poems Hardcover – March 28, 2011
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The next poem is also a poignant elegy, this time to a friend, presumably dying of cancer:
And may the dark fire, far away, charring my friend's hurt cells,
complete its work, let him grow into his longer story,
the good one, the one in which sunlight runs in the veins with the force of summer,
and children [on the beach] find some new thing, and shout at the sea.
And the yet the poem is equally about finding the words to fit her mood, seemingly weary and tired, back in Mediterranean Europe to "examine the ashes" of long-vanished childhood. Perhaps her dying friend had been with her there, on the shores of childhood and first discoveries. "Maternal" seems to be an elegy to the child she was. This theme of vanished childhood and feeling of temporal dislocation returns later and with perhaps a feeling of greater helplessness in "Liszt, Overheard" and "Acela.Read more ›