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Category: Montreux Rotholtz

Smoke Signals

Visiting ear on top, peril

watered down, of whitened form,

milieu vinegared,

shared while the lipsnatch hovers,

the promised spit of heaven.

Sugared be the beet, the red ant,

the spiked border,

and intimate the oscillating

thumped hip, feigned,

the smoke learning.

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Feast Day Fair

The blue church smoked.

Stiff and blest, we shook

our cloaks out and cut

camp. It was dawn,

the sheep going left

then right in panic,

ewes trembling under

trestle tables. The feast

was spoiled—a wreck

of meat and copper.

The image of the saint

half-sunk in tallow, tilted,

and bodies, three of them,

still wearing their crusted

habits. The stilt-walker

swung in his tree.

from Poetry Northwest WEBMore by Montreux Rotholtz from the library

Copyright © Montreux Rotholtz
Used with the permission of the author
on behalf of Poetry Northwest.

Comments closed

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