Beginning with dust and the footprint
of an elevation, the nave and transepts--
a procession along an interior courtyard--
Borne home in snow, bundled up
under an archway of bare branches and light
breaking on icicles--
Over the doors along the street wreaths
of holly and pine boughs.
Patricia Dienstfrey was born in Montreal and currently
lives in Berkeley. Her most recent book of prose poetry is The
Woman Without Experiences (Kelsey Street, 1995), winner of the
America Award for Fiction. Selected work appears in Moving Borders:
Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, edited by Mary Margaret
Sloan (Talisman House, 1997). Dienstfrey is a co-founder of Kelsey
Street Press, publishers of non-mainstream short fiction and poetry
by women for more than 25 years.