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Image by Caroline Forbes

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

Recordings

Jane Duran Reading from her poems

1Braided Rug

2Returning

3Time Zones

4River

5Stillborn

6Miscarriage

7Snow Pudding

8The Orange Tree in Cordoba

9Link

10Great Grandfathers

11Introduction to Silences from the Spanish Civil War

12Spanish Civil War

13Research

14Maestrazgo

15Eye Witness

16To the Aragon Front

17Battle of Teruel, Winter 1937-8

18Sardine Tin

19Crossing at Miravet, 1938

20Road to the French Border, 1939

21Letters, 1940

22Paterna, 1939-42

23Not Talking About Franco, 1959

24Coastline, 1960

25The Pyrenees

26Coastal

27Cape Porpoise, Maine

28Stroke

29Coat

30Hairpins

31The Past

32There Are Women

33Coming About

34To My Mother and Father

35Tracks

36Introduction to Zagharit

37The Mat

38Petit Pain

39What We Know

40Nightlight

41Ramy

42Water

43What is Written

44Sabbat

45Mid-Winter

46Haircut

47Mint Tea

48Coastal Route

49Confluence

50El Attaf, 1958

51Zagharit

Books & cds by Jane Duran