His Departure


by Evelyn Hooven (August 2018)

Departure, Alex Kanevsky, 2008



I won’t be able to go through with it,

You can’t know how sorry . . . 

But I have to continue with what I’m made of—

Trying to deliver the goods.

I don’t know what to do with

I am loved, I am enough.

I see that you are the treasure,

The garland of the garland,

But I’m trying not to get lost.

I’ll have to take this sharp turn

And you’ll become

Lady of Elsewhere,

My Queen of Faraway.



Evelyn Hooven graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her M.A. from Yale University, where she also studied at The Yale School of Drama. A member of the Dramatists’ Guild, she has had presentations of her verse dramas at several theatrical venues, including The Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series in Greenwich, CT (after a state-wide competition) and The Poet’s Theatre in Cambridge, MA (result of a national competition). Her poems and translations from the French have appeared in ART TIMES, Chelsea, The Literary Review, THE SHOp: A Magazine of Poetry (in Ireland), The Tribeca Poetry Review, Vallum (in Montreal), and other journals, and her literary criticism in Oxford University’s Essays in Criticism.

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