Dana Levin
How to Hold the Heavy Weight of Now

She said, “You just made this gesture with your

body–” and opened her arms as if she could

barely fit them around an enormous ball—


“Make that shape again,” she said, and so I did.

“Now let it change,” she said, and I did—


slowly closing the space between my arms,

fingertips converging until they touched—


I watched my hands turn together, align pinkie-

side to pinkie-side, I watched


my palms open, pushing gently forward, leading

my body forward, I watched them


let a bird go, I watched my hands



                     an offering—



Found In Volume 51, No. 01
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Dana Levin
About the Author

Dana Levin is the author of five books, most recently Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), a finalist for the Rilke Prize. Previous books include In the Surgical Theatre, Wedding Day, and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Levin currently serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she lives.