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What Emily. Poems by Alan Shefsky
Publication Date: 2011


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Emily lived
in a petite white gown
with up so floating
many poems down.

Over Emily
held small sway
the familiar
pinked, sheared
as it may.

I built a room inside a room
myself myself to pen--
the elements it holds without
and those within within.

The room measures four by three,
the lines stray from plumb
the walls of paper sturdy stand--
monument to time.

I cut a window and pane
the light diffused admit
the light inside disperses
the want of getting out.

The look afar is distance-- small
the gazing close become
no site of sight dare permit
looking at the sun.


Alan Shefsky is a Chicago-based poet whose work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Borderlands, and Helicon. His work has been adapted for performance at Northwestern University and as part of the Lexis/Praxis performance series in Chicago. He has been a guest artist at the Illinois Summer High School for the Arts, and he is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Award for Poetry. Alan Shefsky holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, at which university he is the administrative coordinator for the Department of Performance Studies.



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