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Friday, April 27, 2007


by Rochelle Ratner

And to his young wife back in Leipzig, who loves to sew, he sends a sketch of the latest British fashions. Women in flowing dresses, despite the war. Late into the evenings, perched on a chair in the corner of his barracks, drawing, thinking of his wife, helps pass the time. He doesn't consider himself an artist, but the picture's striking, sleeves and hems intricately, painstakingly embroidered -- dot dot dash dot dash dot dot dash dash. He's trusting no one who might see this letter will realize his wife wouldn't be caught dead in wide-brimmed hats and frilly collars.

Rochelle Ratner's latest poetry books include Balancing Acts (Marsh Hawk Press, 2006), Beggars at the Wall (Ikon, 2006) and House and Home (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). She is the author of fifteen previous poetry collections and two novels (Bobby’s Girl and The Lion’s Share) both published by Coffee House Press). More information and links to her writing on the Internet can be found on her homepage.