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Elasticity of a Good

From: Cream City Review
Volume 36, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2012
p. 94 | 10.1353/ccr.2012.0051

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if I want more than I’ve    hands for & what’re hands but
parts of cameras   with no lenses that sit days on
end then like a bomb on three   toss light

from its home & I’d lose my weekend just skimming
this puddle for shadows    now I settle on
a cause    a cattail sticking up its neck through the tracks

says so much about the train    says there’s no train
that won’t stop   if the bridge’s too strong
it’ll break off & fray into tangents see them talk

funny over there they drop    articles they lose more nouns
to the river every year & what can a city sorry
what kind of city    releases its people

to the air if not with kite strings   & sorry what
kind of air    is it dark marble that flutters under the hot bit
of a power drill    is it a shelf I can’t see to the ends of

Ben Purkert  

Ben Purkert’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Spoon River, New Orleans Review, DIAGRAM, Barn Owl, epiphany and The Southampton Review. He currently teaches at NYU where he’s completing his MFA. He’s Poetry Co-Editor of Washington Square and writes book reviews for Harvard Review Online.

Copyright © 2012 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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