Tom and TV

Anne Carson

Out of the folds of the heavenly things I was
dreaming of Tom Stoppard in a car saying do
you want to come look at my etchings and I
thought here at last is someone who will know
how this drear phrase came to refer to close acts
of humankind so I said what does that really
mean do you think and he said sex and I awoke
in tears because I suddenly remembered when
my Dad died I had to pawn his TV, which I did for
not enough money then after midnight I went
out walking the streets of his small town and
there it was Dad’s TV on a shelf in the shop in the
dark with others.