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Everyone’s raving about it: the new music
performed only by virtuosos with palsied hands.

Others have studied to simulate that tremor
as an actor might counterfeit a limp or stutter,

but it can’t be contrived, so they must merely listen,
then offer their unimpeded ovation.

Claire Bateman

Claire Bateman is poetry editor of St. Katherine Review and her most recent book of poems is Locals (Serving House Books).