Cape Porpoise, Maine

Cape Porpoise, Maine

I go back to that walk,
island to island
across the mind at low tide -

the sun that dips down
or the flaring sun, dismissing the houses
on the cape, that dimension of the jutting houses

and the way the wind shows them
and then deepens suddenly and is all around me
like a person I know well

and the occasional broken shells
like my mother's unfinished sentences,
her childhood memories I still enjoy visiting.

I go back so I can walk
past my own past into hers
though the tide will come in soon -

as no solution, and with no ambition
but to roll up my bluejeans
and walk where the water was.


from Coastal (Enitharmon, 2006), © Jane Duran 2002, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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Jane Duran

Jane Duran Reading from her poems

1Braided Rug

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2Returning

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3Time Zones

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4River

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5Stillborn

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6Miscarriage

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7Snow Pudding

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8The Orange Tree in Cordoba

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9Link

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10Great Grandfathers

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11Introduction to Silences from the Spanish Civil War

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12Spanish Civil War

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13Research

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14Maestrazgo

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15Eye Witness

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16To the Aragon Front

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17Battle of Teruel, Winter 1937-8

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18Sardine Tin

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19Crossing at Miravet, 1938

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20Road to the French Border, 1939

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21Letters, 1940

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22Paterna, 1939-42

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23Not Talking About Franco, 1959

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24Coastline, 1960

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25The Pyrenees

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26Coastal

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27Cape Porpoise, Maine

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28Stroke

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29Coat

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30Hairpins

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31The Past

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32There Are Women

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33Coming About

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34To My Mother and Father

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35Tracks

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36Introduction to Zagharit

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37The Mat

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38Petit Pain

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39What We Know

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40Nightlight

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41Ramy

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42Water

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43What is Written

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44Sabbat

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45Mid-Winter

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46Haircut

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47Mint Tea

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48Coastal Route

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49Confluence

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50El Attaf, 1958

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51Zagharit

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