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May 29, 2018 / barton smock

person Peter Twal, two poems


Peter Twal is the author of Our Earliest Tattoos, winner of the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize from the University of Arkansas Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.


It’s the Memory of Our Betters

On the moon, a blue jay, unsure where it last left its nest
prays to Saint Anthony while on earth someone incorrectly
adjusts a thermostat & a museum of natural history explodes— creating

more natural history Lost in awe in a light bulb

exhibit, reading every last placard, the sun explodes as well, a pimple
from a Hubble away & yet: The torch has been passed down, the sun sighs, smothered
beneath the rubble Death comes to us full-

bellied but always craving & the next time architects resurrect the museum,
precautions are taken to protect the art: Patrons please…

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