APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: 'The Water Seamstress' by Nancy Willard

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: 'The Water Seamstress' by Nancy Willard

The ocean in its many guises figures prominently in Nancy Willard's most recent collection, The Sea at Truro. 

The Water Seamstress

 

The bride admires the pleats on the skin

of the sea. So smooth! So cool!

She fingers the waves, some quilted,

some smocked and gathered

 

like the dress her mother made for herself

to wear at the wedding, and for the pleasure

of making it and for the company of the light

at play on the satin as it poured through her hands,

 

and for the white frills on the sleeve of each wave

as it sped along the shore, knitting itself,

row after row, then exploding with joy

and unraveling everything.

 

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Excerpt from THE SEA AT TRURO. Copyright (c) 2012 by Nancy Willard. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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