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Poem in Coal Hill Review!

I was so pleased to have “Tablet” published in Coal Hill Review, a wonderful journal put out by Autumn House Press. This poem is from my newest manuscript, Bluebird, all about life in Vermont, and hopefully soon to be published!:


by James Crews

I thought nothing of ripping out a page
from the little blue spiral-bound notebook
my husband keeps on the coffee table—
until I saw the imprints of previous words
he’d written in his usual capital letters:
the note he slipped into my overnight bag,
tucking it into my jeans pocket so I’d find it
when I put them on the next morning,
or the message he left on the counter because
I wasn’t feeling well, telling me he’d driven
all the way to town to buy the spicy lentil soup
now waiting for me in the fridge. His ghost letters
looped together and blended with each other,
but I could still make out the obvious words
like SOON and BABE, his exclamation points.
I’d meant to use the paper for a grocery list
but couldn’t force myself to mar the surface
of what now seemed an artifact: I held it up
to the sunlight and traced the places where
the pen-tip had carved his name at the bottom
like an ancient stylus pressing into wet clay
the oldest love poem ever found.


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