In the Sixties Nabokov switched from ink to eraser- topped pencil on index cards a box of cards for Ada a box of cards for dreams whose "curious features" include "erotic tenderness and heart-rending enchantment" in one draft he traded "stillness and heat" for "silence, a burning" so picture: Vladimir seated at the trunk of a tree a spring day at Wellesley where he marvels at his students and their cable-knit socks the way each elastic grips without binding just below the knee so exquisite an application of pressure that when said sock is slowly peeled off the skin shows no trace at all
Copyright © 1994 Tina Cane. Used with permission.
Tina Cane is the author of Once More with Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, Rhode Island. She lives in Providence.
Date Published: 1994-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/butterfly-catcher