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A Sentence About a Sentence I Love, by D. A. Powell

“Mrs. Forrester chatted to Niel with her face turned toward him, holding her muff up to break the wind.”

from A Lost LadyA Lost LadyA Lost Lady, by Willa Cather

As in a contemporary scene upon a Grecian urn, body language says so muchthe way one character inclines toward another with a mixture of pleasure  and discomfortabout the tensions bubbling beneath the drama of even the most ordinary encounters, threatening to burst forth and break desire’s sublime air, if only we are sharp enough to catch the essence of disturbance that the author has hinted at.

 

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About D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, Cocktails, Chronic (which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry).
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