Difficult Evening

Poetry Caroline Knox

Their job is to write the placecards, so at the head of the table
they are putting Gilbert Osmond, and honorably on his right
they seat Margot Macomber. Next to Margot, Montresor
is to sit beside Zenobia Frome; then,
John Claggart, master-at-arms of the Bellipotent.
At G. O.’s left, Dr. Tamkin,
and on his left, Pap Finn.
Thus there are nine guests:
at the foot of the table they put Madame Merle, so she and G. O.
will have to look directly at each other the whole time, and won’t she have fun
talking to her neighbor on the right, Young Goodman Brown.

“Each new issue feels like a public report from many individual private spheres.” —Antoine Wilson

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Issue 22



Winter 2015


Caroline Knox’s ninth book, To Drink Boiled Snow, will be published later this year by Wave Books.


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