Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Poetry

FOYER

What are the houses of the old?

                     Last vestibules we enter,

          Small vastnesses. They smell of mold,

                     Of camphor, and of must,

          And of necessity, their center

                                Cannot hold.

                     Moth-eaten are their rooms

                     Where merely breathing dooms

          Us to incorporating dust,

And to the anterooms that take us in.

                     Penultimately cold,

                     We wait there to begin.

Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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Sections

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Letters

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Poetry

FOYER What are the houses of the old?                      Last vestibules we enter,           Small vastnesses. They smell of mold,                      Of camphor, and of must,           And of necessity, their center                                 Cannot hold.                      Moth-eaten are their rooms                      Where merely breathing dooms           Us ...
Happy Warrior

Headlines

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