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Friday, August 16, 2013


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