Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Gjertrud Schnackenberg Poems

1. Sonata 1/21/2015
2. Nightfishing 1/3/2003
3. Love Letter 1/3/2003
4. Supernatural Love 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Supernatural Love

My father at the dictionary stand
Touches the page to fully understand
The lamplit answer, tilting in his hand

His slowly scanning magnifying lens,
A blurry, glistening circle he suspends
Above the word 'Carnation'. Then he bends

So near his eyes are magnified and blurred,
One finger on the miniature word,
As if he touched a single key and heard

A distant, plucked, infinitesimal string,
"The obligation due to every thing
That' s smaller than the universe." I bring

My sewing needle close enough that I
Can watch my father through the ...

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