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A Sliver of Heat
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From the tar bubbles comes the Cyclops sun.
Come grasshoppers, sleeveless girls, yellows
Imbued with the cries of childhood.

from the white birch trees’ inset eyes
Comes the burn-wound
Of remembered infant-song.

There grasshoppers, strewn like paper clips,
Flew up when footfalls disturbed dead calm.
Wings so light it seemed they were made of paper

Appeared to glide in childhood.
At night the earth collided with comet hair
And you wanted to tip the Milky Way

Into your parched throat, drain the cream
As well as all that curdled in argument
Grown full with midday.

From the burn-wound of childhood
Where cicadas, second-hand cars, oil siphoned
Into engines where, a storm came

And dropped its thunder-rain.
There the rainbow would swim grudgingly
In a little pool of grease.

Judith Skillman  

Judith Skillman’s new books are The Phoenix—New & Selected Poems 2007-2013 (Dream Horse Press) and Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry (Lummox Press). Her poems and collaborative translations have appeared in Cimarron Review, FIELD, Ezra, Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, and others. She is the recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets for Storm (Blue Begonia Press). Two of her collections also have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award. Visit www.judithskillman.com

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Judith Skillman. "A Sliver of Heat." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 16-16. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Skillman, J.(2014). A Sliver of Heat. Tampa Review 47(1), 16. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Judith Skillman. "A Sliver of Heat." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 16-16. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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