- Eight Months in Buenos Aires as Still Life with Skull
poem opens with a line from Erin Belieu's "At Last"
In the end, what you loved movesacross seasons, so you think about winter break in June and wonder if his hair carries flecksof the south pole, while you're creasing your summer like a paperback. To travel the worldis different when it's up and down: if brain is north and body south, then the equator's a bread knife,slicing the magician's assistant in pieces, stuffing the legs in the trunk of its car. In the painting by Cézanne,for example, the apple sits in front of the skull like a taunt for those who are doneeating. Cut in half one way, an apple is two halves of an apple. Cut in half the other, it's a star. [End Page 40]
Michael Martin Shea is an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi, where he is a John and Renée Grisham Fellow in poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, Meridian, Hayden's Ferry Review, PANK, and elsewhere. "Eight Months in Buenos Aires as Still Life with Skull" features a line borrowed from Erin Belieu.