21 August 2005 | Vol. 5, No. 2

A Clarinet

If it is not machine mastery, it is a language. Even without air, the cold clattering of padded keys impresses the tiny white seals with seams. This hollow that is entered fills the blackening. Walnut oil, a silver sheen connects to a newly shaved reed, a wooden knob. All this is growing, all makes a flicker.

About the author:

Genevieve Betts is currently working on her MFA in creative writing at Arizona State University, publishing poetry and reviews in CHAIN, MATTER, G-Spot, and LEGACY.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Genevieve Betts at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 5, No. 2, where "A Clarinet" ran on August 21, 2005. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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