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Nora Delaney is a Boston-based writing instructor, translator, and writer. She is a founding member of Pen & Anvil Press and edits Charles River Journal and Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Fulcrum, Absinthe: New European Writing, Jacket, The Critical Flame, and other publications.
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Nora Delaney



Yesterday, we drove out to Ogunquit


in your big, white rented car they called blue


in the paperwork. Really, it is pearl—


as teeth are pearls in Persian poetry.


How strange to get there and see the beach pale


with snow; the tide had pulled a sand curtain


up and over the blinding bleach of it—


cleaner than pearl or the hard enamel


of teeth. The snow seemed to leech the whole world


of tone and hue. But then muddied with sand.





Nora Delaney

The same eye-white frilled the crests of breakers,


angry and rolling in the winter cold.


The beach itself was empty, but figures,


seal-like in black rubber, rose with the waves.

















Copyright © Nora Delaney. White Whale Review, issue 1.2

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