‘Ancient Snapshots’ by Joyce Carol Oates

‘Ancient Snapshots’

by Joyce Carol Oates

“In these ancient snapshots Sunday is always ablaze.
If it is Christmas, your father is hurrying to hide
The fir tree beneath the cellar stairs.
Grandfather’s whiskers brush near, a steely wool.
Uncle is eating with his mouth moistly open, the teeth
too big. And there are whispers you can’t hear…”

You can read the complete poem here. Joyce Carol Oates was born on this day in 1938, you can read more of her work through Surrey Libraries.

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