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Evalyn Lee


In Transit 3 by Rachel Heller

By the wrong church, under a scaly sky,
full of rain. Love changes direction.

Rain slaps the walls, the stained glass,
heaves hedgerows, stops, cartwheels,

mends, makes do. Always, always a pink
pair of knickers to celebrate life,

even in her coffin—blooming, bowered,
ready to be lifted, a good death.

But please do brush your hair, Betram.
Betram puts his hair into his poem.

Pew heats laughter, her love, honesty:
Darling, she asks, did you get me a ticket?

Do talk over me, I am only dying.
by the church, under a scaly sky, buried.


About the writer:
Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London with her husband and two children. Over the years, she has produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London. It has been her honor to write for Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and Lesley Stahl while covering a wide range of stories, including both Gulf Wars and numerous investigative pieces. She has studied English literature both in the U.S. and in England and had the opportunity to interview writers, including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis, and Margaret Atwood, about their work.

Image: In Transit 3 by Rachel Heller (contemporary). Acrylic on paper. 76 x 96 (cm?). By 2006. By free license.

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