Welcome back for another installment of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give readers a brief look into one of our new or forthcoming titles. This week’s teaser comes from Bone Dream, a collection of poetry by Moira MacDougall.
This is poetry that maps a woman’s body as a partner to her life experience.
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Please enjoy “Hope” by Moira MacDougall.
Hope was the vanished skin of the study door
that closed on Saturday nights as dad rehearsed
his Sunday sermon. I curled into her sturdy grain
fingertips absorbing the reverberations of his voice:
draped in his long black robe, arms beating
like a crow spotting road kill, words splattering:
resurrection, redemption, predestination, renunciation.
What they meant I didn’t know but 300 people would sit
quiet as gulls on the beach, faces held by the wind, tuned
to the soar and sharp pitch of his voice . . . . Watching
his spit fall on the page I hoped he’d pause to hear
my small recitation of his incantations, that he might
love me as much as he loved his god.