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Published: Wed Apr 15 2020
Eva Lundsager, Were now like (detail), 2021, oil on canvas
AGNI 91 Family Spirituality Violence
We Want Everything of Value to Be Eternal

_           _in which I see your image
_               _ rest. House of ash,
_                                                 _ who made the fire
that set you going? Chance, says a voice. Accident, not message.
_               _ What use the arguments over supper?

is the book of God, the deist in my head
_                                                                       _returns, old
_               _ traitor:
_                             _ thought distinct from prayer:
thought turned water and smoke where the walls may as well
_               _ have been paper:
_                                               _a fine silver fire, a handful was all,

(—enough to buy a body, enough to buy a field of blood—)
_               _ has thrown
_                                     _the temple down, has let the strangers descend
on what is left of its effects: what is trash:
_                                                                           _our father made
_               _ the labyrinth behind
_                                                     _the church that ends in disrepair:

the narrowing circles of whitewashed stone
_                                                                             _ sink into the ground:
_                _ nature of the hour: picture
_                                                                _ of the wound:

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Gina Franco is the author of two poetry collections: The Accidental (University of Arkansas Press, 2019), winner of the CantoMundo Poetry Prize, and The Keepsake Storm (University of Arizona Press, 2004). Her writing has appeared in 32 Poems, AGNI, The Georgia Review, Narrative, Poetry, and elsewhere. She divides her time between Galesburg, Illinois, where she teaches at Knox College, and the West Texas borderlands. (updated 4/2020)

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