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Marjorie Stelmach
Marjorie Stelmach’s most recent book of poems is Without Angels (Mayapple, 2014). Earlier volumes include Bent upon Light and A History of Disappearance (University of Tampa Press). Individual poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters, The Cincinnati Review, Image, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner.  She lives in St. Louis, MO.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Thin Places

 


One evening: an almost invisible thinning,

    a threadbare patch in the fabric—there

             and gone. Another. And another.

 

No more than a shimmer, a visual trill, suffused

    with a luster, pulsing from… where?

             Might we simply cross over?

 

But wait, could these other dimensions be trusted?

    How many were there? How stable? Which ones

             were most suited? best lit? least intemperate?

 

We counted, compared, recounted, consulted.

    Symposia posed related questions. Tomes

             were written, measurements taken.

   

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The day the last one shivered closed, the world

    seemed meager. For decades after, we studied

             our wounds, confessed our failings.

 

Begged. Bargained. Disdained. Denied.

    Then, put it behind us: a Golden Age, lost. 

             Called it a myth. Shrugged.

 

A century passed before we considered

    the obvious question: Were the thin places

             even meant for us? What if, instead,

 

something had slipped in? Something other

    come among us. Settled in. Decided

             it would never, ever leave us.

 

                           

 

©2015 Marjorie Stelmach

 

 

Author Links

 

Marjorie Stelmach at Mayapple Press

Two poems by Marjorie Stelmach at Kenyon Review in text and audio

'Perfected': poem in the Baltimore Review

 

 

 

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