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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: The Old Gross Place
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
In this week’s poem Patricia Ranzoni of Bucksport finds what she calls “generational presences and absences” in a rural Maine house.
The Old Gross Place by Patricia Ranzoni
Across the road the old dairy is an apparition. Not haunted so much as that it is, itself, a ghost. When I go for mail, Hazel is not in the kitchen. Mary is not upstairs, Tom not in his chair by the window. White sheers are an absence I prom- ise to remember. One could watch forever and never see them again. Search clean through those waving old panes front to back, not a soul not even a stick of their furniture to rest wavy eyes on. Why a neighbor can look clear through that thinning house all the way to heaven.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2000 Patricia Ranzoni. Reprinted from Settling, Puckerbrush Press, 2000, by permission of Patricia Ranzoni. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.