Out of Context

Poetry Deborah Pease
Fragments taken from the late fourteenth century masterpiece of medieval English mysticism, The Cloud of the Unknowing

You must understand
My simple perception—
You know well you were living
Distant from life—

Fastened to a leash of longing—
And what then?
He would not give you up so easily
But what did he do?

Look up now
And see what you are.
What are you
And what have you deserved?

Do not think yourself  [...]

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Issue 22

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22

Winter 2015

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Deborah Pease (1943–2014) was the author of the novel Real Life (W.W. Norton) and several books of poems, collected in Another Ghost in the Doorway (Moyer Bell). Her poems also appeared in AGNI, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Parnassus, and other journals; as well as in the chapbook The Crows at Appleton (Monogram Editions) and Opposed to Indifference: Poems of Memory and Conscience (Haybarn Press). She was the founding benefactor of A Public Space.

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