The Finger Puppets in the Attic Dollhouse

By John Reibetanz b. 1944 John Reibetanz
If they, more petite
   than the mice whose flittings
      have pillaged their robes’ sparkled trim,

stood tiptoe
   on the plumped felt tops
      of their thimble-sized footstools

to scrutinize
   the worn fabric
      of this room’s blue distances,

would they locate
   the source of lightning bolts
      in our faces’ wrinkled pleats

and construe the stars’
   dance from the tattered
      embroidery of our steps,

or find in our seamless
   unravelling years
      the tissue of apocalypse?

“The Finger Puppets in the Attic Dollhouse” © 2000 by John Reibetanz. Used by permission of Brick Books.

Source: Mining for Sun (Brick Books, 2000)

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Poet John Reibetanz b. 1944


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Born in New York City, poet John Reibetanz earned a BA in English from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and an MA and a PhD in English language and literature from Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Transformations (2006), Mining for Sun (2000), and Ashbourn (1986), as well as the critical study The Lear World (1977). His poetry has been included in several . . .

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