Christina Pugh


Christina Pugh Poems

1. Rotary 1/13/2003
2. Rue Family 3/19/2012
3. Twenty-Third 3/19/2012
4. Inflection 3/19/2012
5. I And Thou 3/19/2012
Best Poem of Christina Pugh

Rotary

Closer to a bell than a bird,
that clapper ringing
the clear name
of its inventor:

by turns louder
and quieter than a clock,
its numbered face
was more literate,

triplets of alphabet
like grace notes
above each digit.

And when you dialed,
each number was a shallow hole
your finger dragged
to the silver
comma-boundary,

then the sound of the hole
traveling back
to its proper place
on the circle.

You had to wait for its return.
You had to wait.
Even if you were angry
and your finger flew,

you had to ...

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