“Creating a Third Person Biography of Yourself” by Carol Hamilton

Poetry can make you “remember things you didn’t know you knew.”
Robert Frost

And so can age when time
shows itself foreshortened,
and we keep trying to re-thread
the needle with remembered slips
of silk or cotton. We pick up
patches from shirts we only dream
we ever wore. I try to create
something of whole cloth,
but it is soon apparent
I am watching
an Indonesian shadow play,
so I lay the work aside
and simply sit down
with all the others
to laugh awhile, then leave,
amused and unenlightened.


Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Paper Street Journal, Cold Mountain Review, Common Ground, and others. She has published 17 books, most recently, SUCH DEATHS from the Visual Arts Cooperative Press in Chicago. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.



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