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Rumors (excerpt)

John Yau

Some rivers remain questions, shifting
from side to side. Other questions
remain rivers, thick and muddy.
One bridge is a moth-eaten highway.
Another is a rhinestone bridge.

An architect wants to build a house
rivaling the mountains surrounding
his sleep, each turret mute as a hat.
He crosses a river to reach ground
hard enough to begin his plan. He crosses
a river the way a river crosses his sleep,
swirling with questions.


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"Rumors" (excerpt) from Corpse and Mirror by John Yau. Copyright © 1983 by John Yau. Reprinted with the  permission of Henry Holt and Company. Originally appeared in Broken Off by the Music (Burning Deck, 1981).
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