Temple You

By Lisa Russ Spaar
What is mysterious about loss,
flush of arm pulled from a wilted sleeve,

summer’s urine-tang in autumn leaves?
Let   John Keats light another fag.

Or Brontë refuse the doctor
on her black sateen settee.

For whatever part of   you
may be taken away, you said,

is the scar I will visit first
with my mouth, each time,

as gold visits the thieved till,
sun the obliterated sill,

saying praise you for leaving
me this you, this living still.

Source: Poetry (February 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

February 2013
 Lisa Russ Spaar


Lisa Russ Spaar's most recent book of poems is Vanitas, Rough (December 2012).  A collection of her essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse:  Annotations of Contemporary Poetry, is due out in March 2013.  Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Weinstein Award for Poetry, the Library of Virginia Award, and a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers. Spaar is a professor at the University of Virginia.

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, The Body, Love, Heartache & Loss, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

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