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Faith Barrett is an assistant professor
Faith Barrett
of English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She received her M.F.A in poetry from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley. With Cristanne Miller, she has co-edited an anthology of American Civil War poetry for which she has an advance contract from U Mass Press. She is also at work on a scholarly book project which analyzes American poetry written in response to the Civil War. Her chapbook Invisible Axis was published by Etherdome Press in 2001.

After That

Faith Barrett
As if talk could be taken for granted,
someone arrives with the word "bludgeon"
and the evening begins precipitously
with no one trying to explain oneself.
The snow which only seemed to drift down
into the shape of ourselves
arrived immaculately as a chair lift
with mesmerizing regularity.
People explained the party to themselves
as an afterthought, the windows replaced
by a ski instructor held at arm's length,
everyone insisting privately
that he'd said something specific,
never having had the chance to explain.

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