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June 30, 2019 / barton smock

person Andrew Kozma, one poem


Andrew Kozma‘s poems have appeared in Blackbird, Redactions, Subtropics, and Best American Poetry 2015. His book of poems, City of Regret, won the Zone 3 First Book Award, and his second book, Orphanotrophia, will be published by Cobalt Press in 2019.


Song of the Shut-in

Winter banks itself with paper snow. The wind
puffs like a dying man, every step a struggle.

Trees like cardboard matches. Sky a veil
of worn tights. A lawn of toenail clippings.

My skin cracks and flakes, my teeth break
thin-skinned lips, and the fire flails its brittle limbs.

Summer burrows into the earth like a fever. A hand
to the cold window. My palm ghosts the glass.


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