Betti Blu's Mortgage

from by Lee Foust

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A perfidious Italian wife re-enacts Bluebeard outside Orvieto.



Winter streets and frozen
fountains how easy
to forgive oneself the chill

leaves burning on the plain
'neath Orvieto. Your eyes
the same skewed colors as

my own, turned down
sterile, stern, on
our child in disapproval.

And now these giggling girls
you forgot yourself in
putrid memories, this train

sunk in soggy ponds
and the bloody chamber
of Bluebeard's secret room

where you walled us all up.

Florence-Rome, in transit


from Sputnik, released March 11, 2016


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Lee Foust Florence, Italy

Lee Foust is an author and performer from Oakland, California who has lived in Florence, Italy since the mid-1990s. He teaches for various US universities abroad and is the father of one. Lee is the author of Sojourner, a collection of short stories and poems about the mystery of place, and Poison and Antidote, 9 Bohemian tales of San Francisco during the Reagan era. ... more

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