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By J. Allyn Rosser

Go home. It’s never what you think it is,

The kiss, the diamond, the slamdance pulse in the wrist.

Nothing is true, my dear, not even this


Rumor of passion you’ll doubtless insist

On perceiving in my glance. Please just

Go. Home is never what you think it is.


Meaning lies in meaning’s absence. The mist

Is always almost just about to lift.

Nothing is truer. Dear, not even this


Candle can explain its searing twist

Of flame mounted on cool amethyst.

Go on home—not where you think it is,


But where you would expect its comfort least,

In still-black stars our century will miss

Seeing. Nothingness is not as true as this


Faith we grind up with denial: grist

To the midnight mill; morning’s catalyst.

Come, let’s go home, wherever you think it is.

Nothing is true, my dear. Not even this.


Source: Poetry

Poet Bio

J. Allyn Rosser was born in Pennsylvania and attended Middlebury College in Vermont earned a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Her works include Bright Moves (1990), winner of the Morse Poetry Prize; Misery Prefigured (2001), winner of the Crab Orchard Award; Foiled Again (2007), winner of The New Criterion Poetry Prize; and Mimi's Trapese (2014). Her poetry has also been published in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Ninth Letter. Rosser is a member of the faculty at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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