From Literature Resource Center. 53.1 (Autumn 2003): p39+.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2003 Sage Publications, Inc.
Hans Ostrom is Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. He has published poems in Ploughshares, Commonweal, and Poetry Northwest.
First Scrutiny Pay attention: You constitute a clutter of fear, regret, despair. You are old. Indeed, it is always late. You eat, sleep, and ogle too much--are an odd blend of hog, hibernating bear, and cat. You'll never grow up. And so on. You're just another routine example of grace-- that is, of its absolute necessity, obvious presence. If I were God, I wouldn't bother with you. God, however, is God and apparently bothers. Pay attention.