Susan Barba is a Senior Editor at New York Review Books. Her most recent collection of poetry is Fair Sun. (November 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

To Speak of Woe

Here she is again, old charity, forgotten nearly, cutting back the excess before frost. I could tell you about her permanents in the kitchen, malodor, her arms against the nickel, that she drove a Lincoln with a blinker that raced like a …