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The Choice (excerpt)

Elaine Terranova

she listened to the church choir
hold their long whole notes. Everything
had a knack for hanging on.
Even the old refrigerator
by the kitchen table, though it
shook with noise like a train,
wasn't going anywhere.

But in the tailor shop downstairs
where things are made right,
garments were left hanging,
what is human set free again
from the arms of cloth.
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"The Choice" (excerpt) from Damages by Elaine Terranova. Copyright © 1995 by Elaine Terranova. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press.


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