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The Queen of the Birds loves Tom Horne

Sep. 12, 2010
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Cat’s musician in the meadow grass:  Clouds are the colors of apricots!
At a certain time it will be 3:00
inside the cupboard and out
It can’t be stressed enough, the excellence of onions on your breath
how are you
The Queen of the Birds loves Tom Horne
One night also in a deep sleep
the boy wore a witch’s hat
or the witch a conductor’s tux—in time you were very near
if two kinds of music were shown
Arrangements of the Face  
One Hesitates to Say
The vale was full of grief and lush we mentioned at midnight once,
a lion tensile there?  But changed to sea-gray (clouds); the surface hid the shower
of meteors, no matter, a blanket is warm enough
There are small parts of a day
to center-press the hand from light to dark

Lisa Fishman’s Current will be out in November on Parlor Press, and Flower Cart is forthcoming in May on Ahsahta Press. She is the author of four previous collections, including The Happiness Experiment and Dear, Read. Since 1998, she has lived on a farm in Orfordville, Wisconsin; she also lives part-year in Madison and directs the MFA Poetry Program at Columbia College Chicago.


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