Mixed metaphors became him. He betrayed his own words. His conceit was as sharp as the drop of his jibe, cut of his jive, shape of his forebears, mirror effect of chance asides.
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Allison Funk is a poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her new book of poems, The Tumbling Box (2009), is from C&R Press. She has published three other books of poems: The Knot Garden (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002); Living at the Epicenter (Northeastern University Press, 1995); and Forms of Conversion (Alice James Books, 1986). She is also the author of a chapbook, From the Sketchbooks of Vanessa Bell, from the Parallel Press (2002).
What if, late in my life,
as I did my first time in that otherworld
soundless except for the resonance
me, you. I must have seen
but, heedless, sped up,
still unfinished after a hundred years.
of countless marine animals.
the thousand mouths of the reef
who comes too close.
so far she finds herself at the mercy
Cells meeting cells, tentacles, flesh,
than a slap. Weeks. Months.
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