How to photograph the heart

by Christine Klocek-Lim

  How to photograph the heart

  You remember how the lens squeezed

  unimportant details into stillness:

  the essential trail of rain down glass,

  the plummet of autumn-dead leaves,

  your grandfather’s last blink when

  the breath moved on.

  Your startled hands compressed

  the shutter when you realized: this is it,

  this is the last movement he will take

  away from the silent fall of morphine,

  beyond the soft gasp of the nurse,

  past the sick, slow thud of your heart

  moving in the luminous silence.

Table of Contents

i — rain

How to photograph the heart

How spring arrives

The anatomy of birds

Strange violet behind trees


How rain arrives

ii — fragile

How to perceive red



Learning to Speak American

Sweet Bread

The conversation

Into the quiet


iii — beloved

Twenty-year love poem


Naked Tea

Dearly Beloved

How to be forever

My heart beats against the ground

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