An Old Woman’s Painting

By Lynn Emanuel b. 1949 Lynn Emanuel
Scrape the sun from the wall of  the sky.
Cast the great nets of  autumn over the houses.
Even the throat of  the lily is a dangerous inlet.

Let the world stand wearily on the stoop of  the jail
of  the world and the light of  the mind, that small lamp,
pearl of  shine, let the night come to it, as iron filings to a magnet,
mother.

Source: Poetry (February 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Lynn  Emanuel

Biography

Lynn Emanuel is the author of several volumes of poetry. She sees her Hotel Fiesta (1984), The Dig (1992), and Then, Suddenly— (1999) as a triptych exploring the convention and flexibility of the book, and the agency of readers and writers. As poet Eavan Boland notes, “Lynn Emanuel’s poems have a rare power: they connect to the world through estrangement.”

The Dig received the National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel’s work has . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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