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Nothing Stays Long Enough to Know


“Nothing stays long enough to know. How long since we’ve been inside anything together the way these birds are inside this tree together, shifting, making it into a shivering thing”   —Mary Szybist, “Too Many Pigeons and One Dove,” Incarnadine [Graywolf Press, 2013]   The cedar tree on the corner of the lot must remain. So says Margaret, 96, and refusing to let poor sight and hearing keep her from knowing. This was the deal made back then: The place where we now live, a parsonage, could be built and the land would be given … Continue reading Nothing Stays Long Enough to Know