Now in the Stillness

by Evelyn Hooven (May 2020)


Self-portrait with Wife, Conrad Felixmüller, 1920s
 
 
 
We made a maiden voyage
Out of xenophobia
Not glorious but we tried
With Lincoln and Wilson and Eleanor
To tell us from the grave
That the care of, cure of others
Is our business.
Was it too far to go?
When we countered lucrative presto-power
And tried to stand with the ones
Who could no longer step aside
Was it too far to go?
 
Backlash, about-face, regress,
Business as usual.
Back to our dress-for-success cynicism
Or market's the place for love
Won't two self-promoters make the best merger?
And look around you at the shabby boardroom
Dapper, no-risk prudence,
Sheer mediocrity, pardoned disgrace.
 
We're hurt but we're not defenseless
We're hurt but we're nobody's fool . . .
Now in the stillness
Now in the lull
Let the old dream
Renew itself.
 
 
 
 
 

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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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7 May 2020
Send an emailCarl Nelson
I think you've got your politics wrong, but I like the poem's clear, working words.

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