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Predicaments

Paperback, 6 inches by 9 inches
64 pages, perfect bound
$10.00 (40% discount to bookstores)

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Dr. Gilbert Allen
Department of English
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613

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WILLIAM AARNES

William Aarnes lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with his wife Beth. He teaches at Furman University. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Scholar, Ploughshares, Poet and Critic, The South Carolina Review, and The Southern Review.


Dawn

On a limb across the street
some unidentifiable bird
keeps wheezing

—wheezing

the way the air conditioner might
every time you think you’ve fixed it
and switch it back on, the odor
thick, electric

—no, wheezing

like a child you’ve lain with all night,
her forehead still hot to the wrist.

The bird wheezes

but no wheeze responds

and you keep listening, hoping
the next wheeze is the first note
of glee.

—Copyright 2001 William Aarnes

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