Then did you build this gallows, calling it a natural cause, consenting to abandon breath, belief, and memory on it? Was I one night, with cognac, under the scaffold, washing the feet. Because there is no grace except of the thinnest duration, I, too, was hanged, but at a distant station, and grace has a half-life; grace is a state one stage decayed from perfection.
64 The Paris-American
Theodore Zachary Cotler is the author of House with a Dark Sky Roof (Salt, 2011) and Sonnets to the Humans (Ahsanta, 2013), which won the Sawtooth Prize. In 2011, he received the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He's a founding editor of The Winter Anthology.