We Are All On the Edge of Something

Your house, there on the street
that bends like an elbow, its
sleeve the first trees of a larger
wood; this train that runs along
a drop to the road. Miles now
from my father's home, the city.
The buildings start to crack.
Even the sun, there at the
fingertips of the winter-ready
trees—it stays, as if afraid
to be let go.

David Ebenbach's poetry has appeared in, among other places, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and the Hayden's Ferry Review. He is the author of two collections of short stories: Between Camelots, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the GLCA New Writer's Award, and Into the Wilderness, forthcoming, which won the Washington Writers' Publishing House Fiction Prize. His non-fiction book on the creative process, The Artist's Torah, is also forthcoming. Recently awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center, Ebenbach has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University. For more information, visit his website at www.davidebenbach.com (ebenbach@netzero.com)

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