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By Jason Gray
1. First Lesson
The first thing I ever heard from you
I felt unseated, struck like Mary
And fell in love with your voice. Here
Shook you as much as they shook me.
Can read what's on the summer air
A flash of fireflies, a speck
Here you are the Corinthian Maid,
When Adam left to tend his olives,
3. Case Study (The Annunciation by Jan van Eyck)
Here she stands stained blue
Who focuses His light
As if the painter knew
Right now you are afield
Jason Gray is the author of "Photographing Eden" (Ohio Univ. Press, 2008), winner of the Hollis Summers Prize, as well as two chapbooks, "How to Paint the Savior Dead" (Kent State UP, 2007) and "Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo" (Dream Horse, 2003). His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, the Southern Review and elsewhere. He co-edits the online journal, Unsplendid and reviews poetry on his blog, Line Art.
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