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  • In the Drink
  • Cate McLaughlin (bio)

for Hart Crane

Ankles crossedat the copper faucet

he reclines,couched in a white rind

of porcelain,a bottle floating serenely

in the filmy waterabove his belly.

Air and amber refract;a sinking physic

of steam, of whiskey,soothes

while beyond the blindsthe bridge looms,

hazards a tensileconnection

between stone,scuttled need,

and eternal actsof suspension. [End Page 38]

Cate McLaughlin

Cate McLaughlin is in the second year of an MFA program at Syracuse University. Her chapbook, The Year of Black Coffee (2008), was published by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. When she can, she lives and writes in western Massachusetts.



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