about the author

Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published essays, stories, and poems in a wide variety of journals, two story collections, Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood, a book of essays, Professors at Play, and the novel Zublinka Among Women, winner of the First Prize for Fiction, Indie Book Awards, 2008.


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Was Sonnet

Robert Wexelblatt



The flight from Budapest was
Traffic wasn’t bad; it was
Thursday’s weather forecast was
The pure, the vital thing was

She drew one card and it was
Her secret recipe was
She knew him for what he was
He knew exactly what she was

It felt so good that it was
It hurt too much, so it was
She ceased to be what she was
Were they were or was she was

The last diagnosis was
What is turns into what was





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