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2 September 2004 | Vol. 4, No. 3

from West Pullman

Father Latta held a quarter

in one of his two closed hands.

Which hand? He was quietly telling

jokes to pictures of dead pastors

in the rectory lobby

when summoned again

to soothe the heart

of Sister Elizabeth, raging

against the drum of her own

clamped fist. They leaned together

and murmured in Latin,

calling not on memory,

but words that have become

like breath. She tells him

that in the fertile mountains

of Poland where she walked

as a girl, she would one day

have met Mary and told her…

but this—she swept her silent

hand around—is no place for a vision.

Father Latta fingered the quarter

and asked: So God

has forsaken West Pullman?

Old Sister Elizabeth snapped

back to herself and they laughed.

About the author:

Carolyn Guinzio is the author of Quarry (Fall 2008, Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press), and West Pullman (Bordighera, 2005), winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Cannibal, Colorado Review, New American Writing, Typo, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Bard College and lives in Fayetteville, AR.



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