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from “In the Gun Cabinet”

From: Colorado Review
Volume 41, Number 1, Spring 2014
pp. 129-131 | 10.1353/col.2014.0037

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In the gun cabinet
a closet

where I drafted another maker

the hand of m
the drivel

in a Quonset, on a field
that Saint Bernard named Hoss chased our church group to a
    frozen pond

a bridge he slipped from, breaking the ice
the glass I wake under, pricked

blue veil, white dress, red lips

they call my name
they cry it

they lean in and whisper you first

& like the christened, I’m wet
there’s blood & water on the walls

the white duvet stripped from the mattress, the floor’s half
    mandorla, me opposite, curled

like an infant, an insect
sucking a breast

her finger inside me, a circle
then a man comes
white hair

black clothes, black eyes

trumpets a foghorn he throws me down a palm full of bird’s
    eye a crown full of burl a fall-boy a fountain a prod

the light sweeps
            through the stained glass
        in vectors
                through the gun cabinet
    pools of color
            over wood grain

the open cabinet
I wake in

There’s a violence here

that folds     you
two roads


in the country
under a poplar tree

in the evening

(in the gun cabinet, evening)
over the power lines

slack / a fence missing pickets
the house now boarded

built on contract by migrants
stalking the harvest north

every summer

I was born, beauty ended
my appetite for destruction

cock out / tongue fluttering
under the pantry as it emptied

Mike Lala  

Mike Lala is the author of the chapbooks [fire!] and Under the Westward Night, and has poems appearing in Boston Review, Fence, the Brooklyn Rail, Diagram, Artifice, the Awl, and more. He’s co-founder of Fireside Follies, poetry editor of Washington Square, and a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow at nyu . More at www.mikelala.com.

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