Primitive

by David Blair

Uncanny—the little shrine our friend
Tanya’s grandfather built around his Virgin Mary statue,
chairs pointed at it, a stone in each chair—maybe for the souls
of great-grandparents—in New Jersey, where Walt Whitman lived
like a long-horned sheep in a meadow
wedged as a paper stopper for elderberry wine.


DAVID BLAIR is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, Friends with Dogs, and Arsonville. He is also the author of Walk Around: Essays on Poetry and Place and a forthcoming poetry collection, Barbarian Seasons, both from MadHat Press.