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Prairie Schooner 79.4 (2005) 104-106



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A Chemistry, and: Before Frost

A Chemistry

Tides be good.

Calm, stars.

Broad day
   and the budgerigar:

see how
he has
overnight

quietly
fervently gone
at [End Page 104]

the spray millet,

decreased
– like a chemistry –
(the receptors shut down);

under dark cover
or insulin coma
shut down.

If only
no onslaught:

no
stimulus rain
arrowing

   the house
   on the hill:

many infinitesimal –

fewer –

no impulse – no
thought of you. [End Page 105]

Before Frost

Undertaking such
projects you manage
a beautiful heft with
new words: berm,
swale, culvert –
pause on your shovel
and draw down the pond;
you think river rock
water shed, that this is
the real calculus,
stream running in,
silt basin, bluestone,
rate, overflow.
You rotate
an illusory axis
undertaking
such projects.
A.V. Christie has recently released her second book, The Housing (Ashland Poetry P). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, and the Iowa Review, as well as others.


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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-426X
Print ISSN
0032-6682
Pages
pp. 104-106
Launched on MUSE
2006-05-18
Open Access
No
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