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National Poetry Month: Gloria Amescua



Perspective: the Linen Cabinet

The antiqued brass knobs on the linen cabinet

falsify their age. Little indentations

form angel wings that ring the circle. They’re not

brass, nor antique in this forty-year old house.

Marks of wear from others whom I’ll never know

and my own hands diminish—accent its deceit.

But that is the way of things: the pretense to be

what they are not—erodes. But they serve.

The wood doors at least are thick and dark,

satisfyingly solid beneath my touch.

— Gloria Amescua

Published in di-verse-city, Anthology of Austin

International Poetry Festival 2012 and Blue Hole 2012.

A CantoMundo fellow and former Hedgebrook's Writers Resident, Gloria Amescua has been published in several poetry journals, and has a chapbook, Windchimes.

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