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Mating Call of the Re-creation Panda
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Re-Creations are defined as renderings which include no natural parts of the animal portrayed . . . For instance, a re-creation eagle could be constructed using turkey feathers, or a cow hide could be used to simulate African game.

—World Taxidermy Championships Rule Book

after Melissa Milgrom's Still Life

Cleanliness is my only real fault:
I could have done with a little faux shit
yellowing my rump, something to make it
seem like the bamboo I'm chewing will end up
somewhere. I bear the bodies
of seventeen grizzlies on my back alone:
peeled, dried, Clairol-dyed and quilted
into the whole of me. I know that my ears
were done with great tenderness,
and one quiet evening, my maker even
briefly held one in his mouth.
That I have no memory is hardly his fault:
I'm not even a ghost, since this requires both
life and death as precedent. Says the poet:
What is more precise than precision? Illusion. I am more
precise than the clockwork of your own
expiring mitochondria. Come closer.
Try to guess the provenance of my claws,
gently blow the dust from the smoked snifters
of my eyes. Imagine from what, or whom,
your own body could be collaged, whose
lips could be stitched into an homage
of your smile. Take my lie in your arms.

Nicky Beer  

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award in poetry. Her second book of poems, The Octopus Game, will be published in 2015. Her awards include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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