Coat

When it was bitter in New York City,
I would go out with my mother
past the icy buildings,

stay against her, just behind her
so she would stop the wind and snow,
and bury my face in her coat,

just there under her arm.
All winter, like her walk-in closet,
its yellow light, I would walk into her,

shake out my raw thoughts.
I didn't know who or what we were passing
or even if the city was still there,

the long radiant hairs against my face
like my grandmother's stole
with a fox's head that lay on her breast,

me clinging to my mortal mother,
our slow progress down that black, warm street.


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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