In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Michael Blumenthal is a poet, essayist, and novelist whose books include the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, the novel Weinstock among the Dying, and the short-story collection The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History. He teaches in the West Virginia University College of Law.
You are holding up a ceiling / with both arms. It is very heavy, / but you must hold it up, or else / it will fall down on you. Your arms / are tired, terribly tired, / and, as the day goes on, it feels / as if either your arms or the ceiling / will soon collapse.