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Also by Bart Edelman:
Your Father's Ghost | Forgiveness | Bashevis | In Albany Love

also see Kate Gray's review of The Gentle Man

In Albany Love

In Albany love
Taps me on the shoulder
And when I whirl around
There you stand, laughing,
Your suitcase packed,
A map in your hand.

In Albany love
Arrives in the middle of spring,
Floating on feathered wings,
Lighter than the breeze
That rolls off the Hudson—
And we catch it just right.

In Albany love
Drops softly from trees
And blankets the city streets
We walk hour after hour,
In search of a neighborhood
We can both call home.

In Albany love
Allows us to review
The course of history
It took to find us here,
Where we build a little house
On a lot outside Loudonville.

In Albany love
Teaches us how kindness
Is really hope in disguise,
How patience gets a bad rap,
And how nothing in this world
Will ever be the same again.

Printed in the Fall/Winter 1999 issue of CLR

Bart Edelman Bart Edelman

Bart Edelman is a professor of English at Glendale College in Glendale, California, where he is the editor of Eclipse, a literary journal. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships to study literature in India, Egypt, Nigeria, and Poland. His work has appeared in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. His poetry collections include Crossing the Hackensack (Prometheus Press, 1993), Under Damaris' Dress (Lightning Publications, 1996), The Alphabet of Love (Red Hen Press, 1999), and The Gentle Man (Red Hen Press, 2001).

You can find Bart Edelman on the web at:
—  Glendale College
—  The Gentle Man
—  Alphabet of Love
—  Under Damaris' Dress
—  Crossing the Hackensack
—  Amazon
—  Barnes & Noble

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