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March 17, 2017 | Poetry

Three Poems

Brandi Kalicki

Three Poems photo

POSTMORTEM

faceless fathers    
of daughters fallen from sky     

empty domes with absolute arches    
contort one distance 

carves a limbo vision    
shrinks another

father’s thumb    
swallowed by

collar rot of winged bean  
in Papua New Guinea

fathers haunted  
daughters hiding what melts

not unlike her insides
drumming

 

SHELF LIFE

Coiled tongues revel 

strike in ribbons 

perceive this one as

candy-eyed 

tacit collection

rag my face

after the parade

bequeath me to a believer

 

ALWAYS AFTER THE HUNT

along the line you steal
a bit more on the other side
where breath suspends in old squares
pull the last brick and petal
before the death
soliciting chimps
in the shit cage
pinch off the last vein
and land away at September
erased 

image: Bryan Bowie


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