Poem: Fear of Pain Spreading

  It’s not the pain itself but what the pain itself presages—empirical. Without metaphor. No walking, just falling in to the arms of others (this is no comfort) be cause then everything is depending on a kind of singing. No singing.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.