Poet's Showcase

Eulogy for the Piano Teacher

By Emily Bobo


Ruth in the thumb-frayed edges of the wrong piece

of music, in the dust let loose from its pages,

in the scores of scores not-quite-the-right-one

stuffed into all reachable space.

Ruth in the haphazard hierarchy of genius: Glover

next to Schumann over Bach below Gillock.

Ruth in the clover footstool for reaching the unreachable.

Ruth in the hanging mirror on an open door.

Ruth in the easy closeness of overstuffed space.

Ruth in the pull-chain bulb: functional, essential, light

minus glare and diffusion.

Ruth in the silence, in the stillness of notes

waiting.



The Delicate Balance of Maple Avenue

By Chris Citro

Has been lost. You can tell.

The people in this neighborhood

prowl around like their ideas

of how wild beasts would.


Everyone's looking for it, trying

not to give anything away,

hoping to squeeze a clue


Out of an unguarded remark.

See how hard they stare

into each other's eyes,


The way they keep twirling around?

It might be dancing. It might

be checking one's back compulsively.


-- Emily Bobo and Chris Citro will read their poetry at 8 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center for the Lawrence Poetry Series.

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