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Two Uncertainties

Paul Hoover

""There is eternity to blush in."
—Djuna Barnes

Around the attic bird, the century is silent;
gathers utter ghosts in scattered dust displays.
Afloat in that window, not even a star approaches like a dog.
Nothing is left to desire; rain in open cars,
gasoline fires. History is ending.

We are not, however, among those voices off.
We are the ones in prose whose form
is finally shapeless, except for these constraints.
With the labor of planets turning,
please bind us to a version of ourselves.

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"Two Uncertainties" from The World no.54 by Paul Hoover. Copyright © 1998. Reprinted by permission of the author.


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