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From Summer 2006 [Issue No. 9]



How Often a Hammer Can Be a Dog

Allan Peterson



Take Tuesday that brought a close breathing

downwind or something insubstantial


we would say couldn't be but was


This is how ghosts seem believable


a sense that the dead stand next to us


But why would they need breathing


or be needful of us in any way or want


to hear again our silly fearful stories


This was the trick of insubstantialities


Just to see through them is relief



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