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Owens, Elisabeth, R. (ed.) / Encore: more of parallel press poets
(2006)

Walsh, Timothy, 1958-
Blue lace colander,   pp. 65-67


Page 66

 
Because, yes, this antique colander does remind me 
how our lives are mediated by filters and screens- 
     like window screens keeping things out 
     and colanders keeping things in. 
We could make a list of such things: 
     fishnets, coffee filters, memory, 
     slotted spoons, dust masks, CliffiNotes, 
     all our bodily membranes, our five senses, 
     our digestive systems, all recorded history... 
There would be no end to such a list. 
And now my quaint enamelware colander 
and her blue lace underwear 
somehow seem to go together. 
Enamelware and underwear... 
blue lace and this perforated steel bowl. 
I suppose colanders and lace are not entirely dissimilar- 
how the lace invites the eye in 
through delicate openings where a hint of skin 
     shows through. 
And I suppose it would not be impossible 
to fashion a colander of blue lace 
as a way of saying that it is the colander itself 
     or the lace 
that should capture our attention 
even if our fleeting inspirations are so easily lost 
     down time's gurgling drain. 
 Timothy Walsh 
 [previously published in the North American Review (March-April 2005)] 
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