Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Denise Gess is the author of two novels, Good Deeds and Red Whiskey Blues (both Crown). She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The poem is called “The Table,” written by Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade and translated by Elizabeth Bishop. My copy is underlined. When had I inked up the pages, taking note of this line: “Around the wide table . . . It was an honest orgy / ending in revelations”? No words I might struggle to string together this morning will resonate more, and no other object we own tells a story quite the way that kitchen table does.