Roeske, Paulette 1998


You have given me
too much: two pearls, two moons ascending–
luminous, miraculous,
like your two hands as I see them in dreams.

– Paulette Roeske, “Too Much”

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A man I know is out in it, bent
on a senseless errand. He chafes his hands,
mutters into his frozen bears. If
he returns, he will tell stories
of pigeons fallen like stones
from their perch under the El
while wondering whether I would mourn
his passing.

– Paulette Roeske, “Cold Snap”

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