Explanation to follow.

The Medieval Coast

A village of stone cutters. A village of soothsayers.

Men who burrow into the earth in search of gems.

Circus in-laws who pyramid themselves into trees.

Home life. A fear of distance along the southern coast.

Every stone-cutter has his secret mark, angle of his chisel.

In the village of soothsayers

bones of a familiar animal

guide interpretations.

This wisdom extends no more than thirty miles.

Works Cited.

Ondaatje, Michael. “The Medieval Coast.” In Handwriting. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1998. 20.


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