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Pine Cube:  An Exercise in Anti–Matter

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Each one tings against the surface of this aluminum sheet
Heaven so far or an unfulfilled conditional

Each arcs north & south, a 2-dimensional metronome
Calculating its landing strip & skirting
The pelican paths

Each one walks you to your door and anticipates
A typewriter, a record, a convection oven

& to break the Pillsbury dough boy. Each rests
& tears its presence open, shiny bow to launder
Sometime in the future

To prevent straying from the foot-worn past
& candy & junk mail. This is your vial
Captured next to the trees

Itís this spider composed of strings of letters
Partnered, yet shattered, each piece
A reconciliation

Of forgotten chips. You forgot my ante &
Something about a newspaper, each swervy phoneme
Clean & delicious & to protect my head

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Pine Cube:  An Exercise in Anti–Matter

 

Relax so that when the brownies creep up your back & with a little
Ladder to wrinkle your spine, youíll shrug & think itís the wind or
Hair or harmless rustling. Peggy once took a wet one behind the ear
& licked a stamp & sent it to Bowling Green, while the navel
(orange) almost drowned in its own slobber. At the end of its long
Journey, the basilisk nestles next to your big toe, snoring lightly
(do basilisks purr?óI saw them mop one up on television it had
Fallen asleep on the side of the road until the cactus fell down
& pulped it full of pores. But when you peeled back its crisp skin
& opened its still-moist rib cage like a book, you saw polished tools
The sort of thing some forgetful little bluebird might have taken
From your pantry, grasping it in her beak or talons & flown

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from Reveal


Reveal 132:  Union

 

Belgium:  It happens time after time
France:  All clips in integrality
Germany:  From the exciting hustle and bustle
Italy:  About expositions, museums, and other
Luxembourg:  It lost more than half of
Netherlands:  The award-winning airport
Denmark:  Iím traveling from
Ireland:  Indices of recent publications
United Kingdom:  In general
Greece:  Completely lacking in metal resources
Spain:  But suffering through a devastating civil war
Portugal:  And do not know how to book?
Austria:  Status remained unclear for a decade
Finland:  Among its carnival of words
Sweden:  Until evening to hand out presents
Cyprus:  & acts with psychology of self-defense
Czech Republic:  In what is the first major
Estonia:  Limits fixed in coordination
Hungary:  If you click on a red triangle
Latvia:  Or to the depth of exploitation
Lithuania:  Many scattered small lakes
Malta:  Get around by horse-drawn karrozin
Poland:  A shock therapy program
Slovakia:  The velvet divorce
Slovenia:  Whatís cooking

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BRUCE COVEY teaches at Emory University and is the author of The Greek Gods as Telephone Wires and Ten Pins, Ten Frames, both from Front Room Publishers.  His recent work also appears or is forthcoming in LIT, The Hat, Bombay Gin, Explosive, Pool, Boog City, the tiny, 580 Split, and other journals.  He edits the web-based journal Coconut and curates the “What’s New in Poetry” reading series in Atlanta.