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Sally Bliumis-Dunn – Ⅳ

 Tell it Slant







Have to sail at an angle,


never directly into the wind –




other things too –




can’t look right at the sun,


the world, only visible


in the light that falls around it;




and in books as well,


the best drawn characters most often


evolve through indirection:




a lipstick smear on a collar,


contents of a bedroom drawer;




I imagine a single


two by twelve board


I need to lean against a barn –




it won’t even stand unless


I place it at an angle.




I don’t know how many other


things like this are true,




but I like trying


to see her words –




the tall right triangle the barn


and board create together,




the purple tufts of clover


slightly darker in the grass.