Five Points, Vol. 19, no. 2

Summer 2019

"I’ve always kept one foot out of the academy. This has always been a conscious act on my part. Physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally. I refuse to let the academy have me in any kind of whole way."
—Nikky Finney

Sample Content

David Lehman

Forget about places. Think of names.
Forget mountains, the lakes, the vineyards,
the battlefields and the cities. Think of
Waterloo, the station in London,
or Austerlitz, the Paris métro stop
named after a major Napoleonic victory. Forget
rivers, waterfalls with names, the wine-dark sea.
Think of reading The Odyssey on the veranda
of a cabin on a Caribbean cruise with the sea
green and regular as the second hand of your watch.