24 August 2009 | Vol. 9, No. 2

Shelter #2: Frame

What surrounds us

                        the birds have not taken their place


It's warm in the frame, under the lamps.

No one speaks because

                        keeping warm.

To speak takes it out of the body.

You can come to the defense

of the pushed-onto-the-tracks

                        without speaking.

This is not the shelter

where you keep all your things

                        set against the elements

What became of the place

where you live.

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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.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Carolyn Guinzio at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 2, where "Shelter #2: Frame" ran on August 24, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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