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May 18 2004 9:08 AM


Listen to Alan Michael Parker reading this poem On my side I am a bicycle propped in bed,

gangly in the morning.
Down the hall, a neighbor's door whines and slams—

in the air clapped, a siren churns,
troubles the December gloom.


The souls of things
winter in little rooms:

inside the spoon, a flute's undone;
inside the lamp, the filament

waits to flower, sing.
A bee dozes in the current,

an idea in a piece of string—
all thing, I lean away

from the hour, back to where I've been,
one wheel spun.

Alan Michael Parker, the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, has published seven collections of poems including Long Division; his third novel, The Committee on Town Happiness, will be published next year.