Spider Lake, by Mary MacGowan

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Spider Lake, by Mary MacGowan

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To row a boat / you must sit backwards.

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The poems in Mary MacGowan’s new collection are beguiling memory portraits, etched sharply, with the insistent resonance of a bell whose note lingers after its music has ceased.

Into the water’s algae opulence 
we dip our feet, nature’s designs 
on a rowboat floor 
laid out like fortune-telling leaves
as we bail: The doors of summer 
will open and close around you.

  --excerpt, "Doors of Summer"