Ioanna Carlsen

Ioanna Carlsen Poems

1. Over And Over Tune 1/13/2003
2. Infanta 1/1/2004
3. Breather 4/23/2012
4. Forgiveness 4/23/2012
5. Insomnia:A Sextet 4/23/2012
6. Doll's House 4/23/2012

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Doll's House

The music comes on with the lights,
the little opera of emptiness begins, the little
dance of no one there —
just the rooms exhibited,
furniture in them like ideas,
a stage set waiting for action out of the blue.

But no,
even the fire in the hearth is neon, warms no one,
the drawers in the painted chests,
are filled with nothing,
the tables loaded with miniature, fake, repasts.

It’s night outside, about to snow, the dollhouse lights are on:
you’re in the dark,
watching the dollhouse like a thief,
pilfering its pockets for a clue to your own ...

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