It’s easy to fly a flag when you live in a nice house
in a beautiful city.
Things have worked out nicely for you,
and you think everyone can agree
this is the greatest country on earth.
WE DEFY AUGURY – Austin Smith
THE DOG GOD – Asiya Wadud
Some say the dog god infinite empire. Some say turn the same stone until the work is done. Some say burnish the dog god against a slick cutting stone. Some say wait until each stone is turned. Some suns light others too much, some need it urgent, some just yearn, some say the dog
“Tiny” – Simon Armitage
Simon has taken his father, Peter,
—–to the town’s museum on No Through Road
to see for himself the world’s smallest dog.
The Head of a Dancer – Mary Jo Bang
The days when you lean your head forward, then pull your
head back, to see the sun is only a chrysanthemum, the eye is
a white lake with a black boat moored at a particle pier that
says what you want back isn’t coming. The white speck says