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Evalyn Lee


The Fall of the Angels by Rachel Heller

Tethered to my ceiling, you inhuman chandeliers,
you flightless balloons, swaying on the thin-
skinned ceiling, halfway up, between the floor

and the rest of my life. I sit and wonder, why
did you fall? Was it to test God’s love? How
did you get blown so off course—as to end up—

in my office, neither alive nor dead,
but resting, silently supping on the silver orbs
bubbling up out of your mouths? Your wings,

metal feathers, resonate, settle, and sing
every time I admit, aloud, how much I love
to stand up and bump heads, collide, and kiss.


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: The Fall of the Angels by Rachel Heller (contemporary). Mixed media on paper. 70 x 50 (cm?). By 2006. By free license.

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