Hairpins

Hairpins

The downpour comes to our house.
All our rooms are ablaze with that inevitable
inconsolable darkness before it ceases

in every room of the house, every part of the woods,
the screened in porch and white-wood corridor
leading to the window and the whippoorwill

that will turn itself to dust with its song
night after night, cooped up in the willow;
fences and barns and ponds that recede in the rain

but are really constants in my life, come in close,
the pewter magnifying glass on the dresser
magnifying each hour.

My grandmother piles her hair loosely with hairpins.
The hairpins won't hold, never, in that heavy grey.
I push them back for her, her forgetfulness,

and the long summer is almost over
in those few lazy drops that still
drip from the trees and eaves in a lasting vigil.


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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