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Carnation, and: Good Company, and: Homely

From: Colorado Review
Volume 41, Number 1, Spring 2014
pp. 116-118 | 10.1353/col.2014.0026

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Undashed, first-loving. In my
small iris-flushings and
    the clot of meat I
finger from my hair.
    Just as fires
at sea do, just as the thick
    and pleated
curtain sweeps the nation
    by the canyon,
I am come to
    straddle the monument,
to write the mouse’s letter
    with a cannon,
in the form of a god, take a swan
    who asked for me
and form a swan too in
    beaky whiteness.
A gummy hand to hold
    the glass and dried
hair for a lighter. Most
    primitively tightened,
I stretched a china duck
    for you. I plied
the salve. Open
    with a fingernail
the valve. Take
    a cat’s tongue to the veil.

Good Company

    of peels and silver:
you are for the robin,
    whose estates
are close to mine, most
    made of splinters,
built of a right bone stood surely.
the scales the dragon
    molted, cups of tin
and green bottles shifting.
    Through me darkly,
the same nest for our same
    living, nuts and pins
and amber where the heat
    is free. Mark me
on the mustard island,
    underneath the loops
our neighbor makes, canopy
    of tails and fire,
light me. I am the girl cigar, carved
    in chutes
and ladders, best-buttoned, and half
    a choir,
rolling to the robin birthday
    on a brown wing
I borrowed: lend
    the shoulder. Come to cling.


A simple hand is cold
enough for pastry.    Although a cat is hatched she plays
the mammal. Inside a pie, canaries hum
the lazy     hymn: a seed, a pudding, and
a candle.     Arrive in feathers, hard conclusion! press
    on me. I am a cat and wheeled in bagels,
am sexed with cat’s
eye marbles, less     than thumbs but more
than in the saddle.     Just the birds in a hard belly, just the frosting
    of a ruddy cat who rides on vinyl, just     the butter crust, just
the smacked uncrossing     when I rise. Take me to sing and rust
    my private metal. All is hutches sprung
at dinner,     each a cat’s eye rolling inward.

Mary Elder  

Mary Elder received an mfa in poetry at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, where she teaches composition.

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