name the space
left by the groove
of the saw

wood to dust
line defined
by emptiness

name what
exists only
as absence

singed kindling
curled into fire
then air

words inhaled

empty place
at the dinner table

the name
that escapes me
late at night

still holds
the image
of a face

what exists
in the cut
of the blade

when the pieces
fall apart

Beth Feldman Brandt is the author of Sage in collaboration with visual artist Claire Owen and their new project will be part of the “Bartram Boxes Remix” exhibition at the Center for Art in Wood in 2014. Beth works in the arts in Philadelphia where she finds plenty of Philadelphia Stories.

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