A quiet skin

By Laurie Sheck Laurie Sheck
Thinking has a quiet skin. But I feel the break and fled of things inside it.
    Blue hills most gentle in calm light, then stretches of assail
And ransack. Such tangles of charred wreckage, shrapnel-bits
    Singling and singeing where they fall. I feel the stumbling gait of what I am,
The quiet uproar of undone, how to be hidden is a tempting, violent thing—
    Each thought breaking always in another.

All the unlawful elsewheres rushing in.

Laurie Sheck, "A quiet skin" from Captivity. Copyright © 2007 by Laurie Sheck.  Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

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Poet Laurie Sheck

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Sorrow & Grieving, Time & Brevity, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, The Body

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Born and raised in the Bronx, poet Laurie Sheck was educated at the University of Iowa. She has published several collections of poetry, including Captivity (2007); The Willow Grove (1996), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Amaranth (1981). Her poems often use myths as frames within which to explore ideas of motion and stillness, consciousness and the body. In a 2002 interview, speaking to the attentiveness, rather than . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Sorrow & Grieving, Time & Brevity, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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