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“alone,” “Second Honeymoon,” “Domestic Strife,” “auto-manic,” and “(St) Eve

by Cordelia Hanemann


for Louis as for all

“Second Honeymoon”

a meditation on Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”

At Shiloh

dead soldiers march

across green new grass.

“We could begin again,”

you suggest behind

your film of marijuana smoke.

 “We did, and this

is how it ends.”

“But I could build

a log cabin; we

could begin…”

“Your dreams are made

of Lincoln logs.”

“I’ll sell my guns,

my truck, my wooden leg;

we’ll begin…”

“I work; I work out;

I made an A

in English B

at night school

while you were away.”

“I always said

I’d make good some day.

Well, here I am…”

“The baby died.”

“Domestic Strife”


“(St) Eve”

Cordelia Hanemann is currently a practicing writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. Besides her chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly, she has published in the Atlanta Review,
Redivider Review, Southwestern Review, and California Review; anthologies for The PoetMagazine, Heron Clan and Kakalak. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts and have been performed. She is now working on a novel.


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