• Dislodgings

    Alan Nadel

    Winter 2020

    in memory of Stephanie Pinson

    There is a permanent sadness
    in every small departure,
    every door returned to its jamb,
    that makes things more fertile
    like an echo that doesn't resolve
    but resonates faintly
    on beyond fading.

    At the flea market
    the son of a man who wrecks homes
    has salvaged from rubble
    a stained glass window
    with a small panel missing.

    Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of many books on post-World War II American culture and media, including Containment Culture, The Theatre of August Wilson, and, most recently, Demographic Angst: Cultural Narratives and American Films of the 1950s. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including: Georgia Review, New England Review, Partisan Review, Paris Review, and Shenandoah. 

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