By Cynthia Huntington b. 1951 Cynthia Huntington
At first you didn’t know me.
I was a shape moving rapidly, nervous
at the edge of your vision. A flat, high voice,
dark slash of hair across my cheekbone.
I made myself present, though never distinct.
Things I said that he repeated, a tone
you could hear, but never trace, in his voice.
Silence—followed by talk of other things.
When you would sit at your desk, I would creep
near you like a question. A thought would scurry
across the front of your mind. I’d be there,
ducking out of sight. You must have felt me
watching you, my small eyes fixed on your face,
the smile you wondered at, on the lips only.
The voice on the phone, quick and full of business.
All that you saw and heard and could not find
the center of, those days growing into years,
growing inside of you, out of reach, now with you
forever, in your house, in your garden, in corridors
of dream where I finally tell you my name.

Cynthia Huntington, "Ghost" from The Radiant. Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia Huntington.  Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books.

Source: The Radiant (Four Way Books, 2003)

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Poet Cynthia Huntington b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, Realistic & Complicated, Relationships, Home Life, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural


Cynthia Huntington was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She earned a BA at Michigan State University and an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
Huntington’s free verse poems often examine the bare mind, restlessly turning the form of the individual against both built and natural environments, mapping both threat and respite against a shifting screen of personal memory. Introducing her early work in . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Realistic & Complicated, Relationships, Home Life, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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