Magazine December 7, 2009, Issue

Poetry

 

THE LATE JANE AUSTEN’S NIECE EVENTUALLY DESTROYS THE MANUSCRIPT OF HER OWN NOVEL

 

The paper cringes in the heat;

The ashes flake off sheet by sheet.

The oldest child in her worn dress

Is watching, thoroughly impressed,

But not at all concerned to know

The source of this unlooked-for show;

She only relishes her mother

Piling one section on another.

Clear and impeccable, the frost falls.

It is the perished, here to claim it all.

Steadfast in helplessness, the buds cling.

They are the future, thief of everything.

And in the center that she once mistook

For somewhere else, a woman burns a 

book.

 

 – SARAH …

To Read the Full Story
Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

In This Issue

Articles

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Features

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Books, Arts & Manners

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The Mobility Agenda

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Sections

The Long View

The Long View

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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Letters

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The Week

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