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From: New England Review
Volume 33, Number 4, 2013
p. 102 | 10.1353/ner.2013.0001

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Not so much the blueprint, as its evidence.
Not its four chambers, high beamed atriums
more gothic than baroque. Not the arteries, hauling
blue freight. Less pomegranate,
more its eight dozen rubies,

    unhidden if you’re good
with a knife. Heart with its headache. With its own set of vowels,
its ratifying pulse:

Bucket of honey heart, fish-naked heart, heart
wrapped fast in the dirty sheets

      of its body. Heart pinned
and sightless—a fly in cupped hands. Arrhythmic heart,
the extra beats chasing around inside it
like a squirrel. Heart with its phantom limb, its pimples
and headgear. Apiary heart. Spooked-horse heart.
Heart like a pink moon risen high

        in the chest. Heart
at half-mast. Carton of milk heart, that sweats
and sours in the heat. Heart with its spreadsheets
and penniless laugh. Heart ringing

        off the hook.
A light-rain heart. A rub-some-dirt-on-it
heart. Revving heart, all rotor hum and easy reverse, sparks
gathered in its arms like arrows, turning around
until the body must, too. A come-

        no-closer heart. Runaway heart
praying like hell that it’s followed. Unknowable,
unlikable heart. It could be anything in there, sealed
as it is, in such a darkness.

Courtney Kampa  

Courtney Kampa is from Virginia and holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her work is forthcoming in Boston Review, TriQuarterly, the Journal, National Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere, and has received awards from the Atlantic, Poets & Writers, and North American Review. She works at a publishing house in New York.

Copyright © 2013 Middlebury College Publications
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