THE
OKLAHOMA
REVIEW

Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Spring 2007




Poetry    
 




Print version            


Janet Butler
          

Death in the Mountains          


LeAnna Covalt              
A Few Days after Your Fiftieth Birthday
         
          Pagosa Springs                


Roger Jones            
Long Ago Dream of a Bad Love Affair          
Coming Attractions, 1960          
   


Jason W. Selby            
      Love in the Time of Colonialism         



Noel Sloboda          
Cuts Uncruel          
Salesman of the Quarter          


           tolbert            
           ghosts          
laughter       
 


Anne Whitehouse         
Blessings IX         
Curses II
               








Noel Sloboda

Surfaces

Scuffed the top needed
          buffing badly when we

picked up the Lane table
         
eight bucks the last day
 of a weekend estate sale  
        
everything had to go
new homes or else
          
great deals. We took


a shortcut covering
          under a sheet of dark
 glass the surface
          revealing smiling
 faces first yet later 
          crazing
 coffee rings
          cat claw scratches
 chips from clumsy feet
          all sorts of abrasions
from domestic life
         
the covering became


as imperfect
         
as what it hid


until we couldn’t
         
find ourselves


there any longer.
         
Rather than do more


we decided to let
         
the thing go


consigning the table
         
to a neighborhood sale


glad to see it
         
gone for half


what we paid but what
         
to do with the covering
marred and left behind 
       
we never did know.



       


    


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