If somebody has died on you, be careful of the best. Don't listen to Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. All the lyrics are about the importance of death in any kind of actual life. It is the music of every sort of ambiguity. There is embarrassment there and professionalism.

DAVID BLAIR was born in 1970. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and has degrees from Fordham University and the creative writing program at UNC Greensboro. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Verse, and been featured in the anthologies Zoland Poetry and The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He is an associate professor at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA. He lives in Somerville, MA, with his wife Sabrina and daughter Astrid.