Friday, March 8, 2013

Alison Luterman: "I Confess"

I stalked her
in the grocery store: her crown
of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip,
her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,
the way she placed yogurt and avocadoes in her basket,
beaming peace like the North Star.
I wanted to ask, “What aisle did you find
your serenity in, do you know
how to be married for fifty years, or how to live alone,
excuse me for interrupting, but you seem to possess
some knowledge that makes the earth burn and turn on its axis—"
But we don’t request such things from strangers
nowadays. So I said, “I love your hair.”

"I Confess" by Alison Luterman. No other bibliographic information available.\

Photograph: "Portrait," by daskar, 2006 (originally color).


  1. Fantastic, I love this poem so much, and I am really enjoying the website.

  2. In which collection of poetry can I find this?

    1. I'm unaware that this poem has been published in a collection.

  3. I found a website for Alison Luterman: This poem doesn't appear on it now, in 2022, but it lists several books of poetry and perhaps this is in one of those.


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