Here is a geographywith no placefor distance, a love
that seams completein the scheme of purpose,a declaration
of dependence betweenmother and daughter,embedded in cloth,
sensed from birth,a secret belongingto wholeness
whose order joinseach patternthrough the intricate
piecework of needleand thread, a quiet gritof resistance
passed down by designto save the worldinside it.
Barry Sternlieb’s work has appeared in publications including Poetry, the Sewanee Review, the Southern Review, and New England Review. His chapbook Winter Crows won the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize.
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