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the first reef builders’ ancient biosphere.1

the first reef builders’ ancient biosphere.2

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the first reef builders’ ancient biosphere.1

 

individual curiosities mask more complex yearnings
symbiosis–animals that are part plant.

internal barriers
upon which life is trapped surface.

swallowed, a chemically enhanced self thrives.
as a factory arriving late to history.

the first free slave, the first coral.
burned food is pollution. raw materials broken

autonomy divided, owned
the veneer disputes subtlety, is a symptom of age.

nasty senility passes on to the next generation,
caring less for fame than for the atmosphere.

 

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the first reef builders’ ancient biosphere.2

hostility transformed into friendly sky. forever traveling toward harm
under the influence of constituent parts. neighbor suggests kidnapped.
failed accountancy. optimistically working toward payday and death.
symbions’ labors depend on creatures locked into chains submerged in
tanks of water. short term tactics evolve from misty expedience.

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glass heart

 

have infiltrated headquarters of arch enemy.
must acquire. must accomplish data center.
must superlative. enter. pacing corridors, advance!
air shaft. hvac system meets standards, check.

the heating and cooling of central units will be our aim
our cover. voting systems of all kinds outlawed.
runaways collected by dragging streams. combing forests
with massive nets. devices. tracking, tracing. uncovering.

night turns into day. the forward thinking have masked
themselves to fit seamlessly into accepted realities.
image projected match image expected.
former glories encased in bubbling plastics.

 

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BETSY FAGIN’s work appears in a number of journals including Fence, So to Speak, Van Gogh’s Ear, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Word For/Word. She is the author of For Every Solution There is a Problem (Open 24 Hours, 2003) and Rosemary Stretch (dusi/e-chap, 2006) as well as a number of self-published chapbooks. Recent work appears in Not For Mothers Only (Fence, 2007), How2, and the tiny. She is currently living in London.