Circus

Circus
Language: 
Pages: 
24
Published: 
October 1st 2009 by Flying Guillotine Press
Rating: 
4.86

Our casualties I hear precede the smoke,
in a bed of snakes. There can be no rain

in America, no grass: trains are angry here
as some are sad, processional for an ear.

The Q drums momentum, helluva cannon
in that sound. Helluva trumpet nesting.

To acknowledge my mistress of writhing:
what knife when thrown that does not sink

through wood nor perish from the earth.
I answered the roll call, the country carried

closely in our chests. Tell me what ring,
what insurgency, what thrust so extreme.

Michael Robins is the author of Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007). He lives in Chicago.

Circus is a hand bound book of poems, with a photograph mounted on each cover, and printed in an edition of 74.

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