A Childís Encyclopedia: St. Johnís Wort, Marmot Monax
by Catherine Kasper

i.
A childís encyclopedia:
St. Johnís wort, marmot monax
a bellow, name your poison:
clemmys insculpta, old red legs
lymph nodes

they play on concrete
then summer clover, rotted softball
sing songs to themselves
until naptime
quilt drenched in dream urine
cross-stitched

out the window, creeping Jenny
windborne henbit

ii.
Choose a safety deposit box
halos or pressed bloodroot
clap, keep clapping
dutchmanís breeches for
mosquito-sized fairies

spring beauties intoxicate
pink tickseed, rose coreopsis
speak when youíre spoken to
goldenrod tricks the nose

pronounced swallowing, phlegm
storybook incarnate
Bishopís cap
define: pretend

iii.
Jump rope, practice line dances
I believe in Mary Worth
tell me what it means:
dollsí eyes stare from the soil
wake-robin, stinking Benjamin

dogís tooth violet
scratch behind its ear, avoid
unfamiliar names:
erythronium dens-canis
translate: dog barking

iv.
Question how, not why
in micro-surgery
miniature invertebrate
cut-open candy-heart
stuffing

factor out rational
I weep for you.
lock in a closet; suffocate in bed

ghost story
before which we kneel, bless
know that we have at least
escaped this
minute achievement

princess, pollywog
book with broken spine
diamond bloom across a mirror
white baneberry

v.
Under a post-mortem
portico, sort, delete
alphabetize, file under
necessary
small wonder
once gave wings
to surpass unreal cities

Issue Two

Editorial: Archipelagos and MFA's

Babylons: The Conclusion

Russian Poetry Now

Michael Anania

Joe Francis Doerr

Catherine Kasper

John Matthias

Orlando Ricardo Menes

Jeff Roessner

Reviews of: Janet Holmes and Stephanie Strickland



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