“Dear Chloë”: A Poem by Keith Harrison

Keith HarrisonThe Second Laird Miscellany is very pleased to be able to feature a poem by Creative Writing Professor Emeritus, Keith Harrison. Born and educated in Australia, Professor Harrison taught in the English Dept. at Carleton from 1968-1996. In addition to writing poetry Professor Harrison has also been a prolific translator. A recent book, entitled Changes: New and Collected Poems, 1959-2002, was published in 2002 by the Black Willow Press. You can find out more about him and his work at his website. He has also recently published a book on essay writing titled How to Stop Your Papers from Killing You (and me) (available from Amazon).

Dear Chloë

I can do very well without your face.
Likewise, without your neck, your hands and arms,
Your throat, your breasts, and all your other charms.
In fact, since it’s so tedious to list
Them one by one by one, it might be best
If I lost all of you, without a trace.

(after Martial)


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