Special Event: A Reading by Duncan Wu

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September 24, 2024 at 6:00PM ET

Location: Riggs Library

Join us for a reading by Duncan Wu, Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies, from his debut collection of poems Origin Myths (Shearsman, 2024). Book signing and reception to follow.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by September 17th to Patricia Guzman, 202-687-6294, pg654@georgetown.edu. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after September 17th.

Roof Repair

–Duncan Wu

Sealing this wooden roof with tar, a yearly
job, I wipe my face. The tribe on this
hardscrabble slope made Arcadian bliss,
but how? Both Dakota and I nearly
froze last winter, while in summer we bake.
The cabin’s centuries old, and I feel
obliged to patch its wounds and conceal
its scratches against whatever might take
it down. If you were to say I was wasting
my time, I’d say you were right. But how
is that different from anything now
and here? Isn’t the hastening
moment all we have until, at last,
the present is wrenched untimely from our grasp?

Published in The New Criterion, February 2023.

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