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“I chose”


I chose

pink reef surging toward

the name of the dog


pink reef shedding under the tree,

snapping at masks


. . .


I wanted to understand

this ethos of cameras

strung through juniper leaves,


juniper lenses seeing

at the tops of the trees:


a bread

of violets

baked in


a bread

of mussels

glutting the


a cache of

roe in the


from Pink ReefFind more by Robert Fernandez at the library

Copyright © 2013 Robert Fernandez
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

Published in Poems Robert Fernandez

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