Mar. 15th, 2015

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 Poem of this week:

The Cappuccino Life
by Jen Karetnick
The dead eat with their fingers,
dismembering poppy seed muffins,
pinning crumbs to the table like correct
answers to crossword puzzles.
Skeletons heat their hands on cups
of soy latte and chai tea. Unearthed,
they snake panini sandwiches
from state-of-the-art ovens
without tongs. At Cafe Posada,
they troll the newspapers, reading
about Christmas rituals in Latin
America, the geography of Poland,
the 1330 battle in the Hungarian-
Wallachian Wars, until their bones
burn with ink. But even then,
they leave no identifying prints.
From Brie Season, Kelsay Books, 2014. 

Poem of last week:

Keeping It Simple
I take the bird on the woodpile,
separate it from its function, feather
by feather. I blow up its scale.
I make a whole life out of it:
everywhere I am, its sense of loitering
lights on my shoulder.
Mary Ruefle, “Keeping It Simple” from memling’s veil, published by University of Alabama Press. Copyright © 1982 by Mary Ruefle.

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 This is from Working Title: As We Know It (and that is in fact the working title) 

Ms. Ash often said that Ani was a dreamer. Devi said that Ani would rather live in the past and the future. Ksenia said Ani just liked to make herself miserable. That last one had sparked a three day long fight and as such, the subject was now carefully avoided in conversation as much as possible. As far as Ani was concerned, it was just the way that she was. She couldn’t imagine only seeing what she was doing.

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