Susan Firer When We Were Through Our bed filled with lilies and vowels the color of indigo buntings and other epiphanic terrors. We were creating this plural. We genie polished & stretched muscles' roses, the origami of spine and limbs, and rushing breaths. It seems our job is to disperse the mind around us-- bolts of sky, cells' silly scribbles, pergolas of grief. Let bodies consecrate then disappear, reduce all to a single vowel the size of a vole's skull. Where Song Comes From The Star Acrobats' Cirque du Soleil, the 2325 vertebrae in a swan's neck, dream arsonists, ardha chandrasana, the village west of Warsaw, Zelazowa wola (ZHEH-lah-ZO-vah VO-la), where Chopin was born, my sister's suicide room, the dupioni sky, silver hair clips, Estabrook pens, 165 Chinese dragonfruit, Portuguese blossom sheets, Ricky Ricardo's ruffled-white-blossom nightclub sleeves, singing cemeteries, buildings of clouds, the Italian bicycle team's spinning wheels circling the Brown Deer concrete velodrome, the white spellings of seagulls on the noon lake, the borders of words, mermen, where light ends, waves' minarets, dowsing rods, the body's short joyride, the 5 feet (5%) of windpipe tucked in the keel of the Whooping Crane's breastbone.
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 20, 2007
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