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The Song in the Dream

The song itself had hinges. The clasp on the eighteenth-century Bible
had hinges, which creaked; when you released the catch, 
the book would sigh and expand.

The song was of two wholes joined by hinges, 
and I was worried about the joining, the spaces in between 
the joints, the weight of each side straining them.


Copyright © 2001 by Saskia Hamilton. Reprinted from As For Dream with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota. All rights reserved.


Saskia Hamilton

Saskia Hamilton is author of Corridor (Graywolf Press, 2014), Divide These (Graywolf Press, 2005), and As for Dream (2001).

Date Published: 2001-01-01

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