Section 2 ~ Issue 22cStephen Yenser
line placer leaves simply
STEPHEN YENSER                                            

The Relic


A 221mherst College Archives

Library vault unlocked,  

our friend the curator picks out a casket          

that opens brashly on the lock    

of hair:  a curl of bright auburn

(“bold, like the Chestnut Burr,”

she’d offered, turning inner

outer, merging husk and kernel). 


A banked fire burning.

An urgent yearning, an awful favor

rises . . .  I’m dying to ask it.

line placer leaves simply