The Adirondack Review
There Are Many Things We Can't Understand

in this world, there are spirits.  On the first
anniversary of my husband's death
a butterfly fluttered onto the cake.
And now this too.  How can you explain it?

A love bird.  It's telling me I love you.
And who is to say this is not true?  I too
am human.  One day I sing, one day dance.
The world is not left and right.  It is a

circle and when we take four right turns – right,
right, right, right – we make a square and in that
square carve four right corners pointing into
the four winds.  The end of a straight line is

sharp and violent.  Logic.  Hitler.  Logic.
Ergo, let's kill the Jews.  (Mrs. Marcos
once lived in a world beyond logic.)   I know
what it's like to fulfill a dream.  I once owned

one hundred and one pairs of sunglasses,
each one more glamorous, but the people
would clamor Ma’am, we want to see your face.













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ALEX CIGALE'S recent publications include Cafe, Chiron, Colorado, and Green Mountains reviews, English Journal, Hanging Loose, and McSweeney’s.  His poems are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Global City Review, Many Mountains Moving, North American Review, and Zoland PoetryStranger at Home: American Poetry with an Accent (Numina Press) is just out with four of his poems, as is a chapbook, Chronicle of Calamities (Pudding House), the title poem from which first appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of TAR.   He  was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine and has lived in New York City since 1975, apart from six years in Ann Arbor, MI, where he earned an MFA and won a Hopwood Award.  His translations of contemporary Russian poetry can be found in the anthology Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry, Poetry New York, and The Manhattan Review.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems