Christina Pugh


Inflection - Poem by Christina Pugh

They are white planets in a galaxy, these wheels
of cheese—before the fungi knobble the skin, cobble
some resistance in the rind. Deep in the cool
caves of Auvergne, a nun sets the circles on shelves
so their surfaces will stain, sheen, stipple,
shade … while above her, a Latin chant
folds many women in one voice. If glass
were music, could it sound like this?
How can we call those words
human, when they’ve flown so far
from our commerce, our marketplace?
Every mold that steeps the skin is local: grafted
and endangered as the dead letters become notes
floating still in vowels from the nuns’ grille


Comments about Inflection by Christina Pugh

  • Rookie - 12 Points Martin O'Neill (3/19/2012 9:21:00 AM)

    Wow! This is a gem. I was in the caves, hearing the nun's voices, soaring... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2012



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