Bearings

By Megan Snyder-Camp Megan Snyder-Camp
The marriage ran under their skin, a rash, or maybe
all that red wine, luminescent cocktail hours
in which lost books were rediscovered, or just a rash,
a reaction sending out runners across her chest,
a vine, something close, ruby scarves coming back
into fashion, their son coming back
from school, from the yard, but now, dinnertime
and the family parted, split houses, her ex and his anger
spread down the long hallway of their house
and into the windows of her new apartment, their daughter’s doubled
beds, her doubled face in family portraits that double
in frequency, a family set down and another, this dinnertime
and more red wine, our faces flush with love and sympathy,
the mother decides to see the son again, and so
our doubled flashlights giving us heaven and earth,
all of it safe or at least unmoving, the tall fence
her ex built to hide the little grave, to guard the lot
in this registered historic district (all of the houses
bear their stories on a plaque, their first stories,
run-on, this little town with no street lights, just moon,
cedars), the tall fence behind which is the yard, blue,
in this yard no marker stone and under this stone
their son’s everything, no double,
no double

Megan Snyder-Camp, “Bearings” from The Forest of Sure Things. Copyright © 2010 by Megan Snyder-Camp. Reprinted by permission of Tupelo Press.

Source: The Forest of Sure Things (Tupelo Press, 2010)

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Poet Megan Snyder-Camp

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, Parenthood, Separation & Divorce, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse

Biography

Megan Snyder-Camp's first collection of poetry, The Forest of Sure Things, was published by Tupelo Press in August 2010. Poems of hers have appeared in the Antioch Review, Field, the Sonora Review, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of a 2010 Individual Artist grant from Washington's 4Culture Foundation as well as residencies/scholarships at Djerassi, Bread Loaf, and the Espy Foundation. She lives in Seattle with . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Parenthood, Separation & Divorce, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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