Excluding pork, shellfish, milk, and rattan,
we rationalize tanagers tanning in the tonga,
Soraya, tam tam rousing gravid tamagotchi.
I collect utility knives vaccinating me against
mare clausum, nocturnal black margates slow
off the mark against marsh gas, chilling us to
our marrow when we schedule the schlubs.
(Statistics bear out subglacial suffragism.)
In our three-day truce, Soraya, trudging past
tropics of trumpet vines, umber encryptions
endear us to the bricolage of painted junk.
I open wide the breviary at the bridge of
sighs, brewmaster to ingravascent ingénues,
inhuming red admirals in sedilia sediment.
Published online March 26 2014.
Anis Shivani is the author of My Tranquil War and Other Poems, The Fifth Lash and Other Stories (2012), Against the Workshop (2011), Anatolia and Other Stories (2009), and the forthcoming novel Karachi Raj (2013). He is writing a novel called Abruzzi, 1936, and a new book of criticism exploring plastic realism in American novels of the last decade. His work appears in many leading journals like Georgia Review, Southwest Review, Yale Review, Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Agni, London Magazine, Meanjin, Fiddlehead, Dalhousie Review and others.
This piece was published in ‘Forces to Bear: The Reculturalization of Canadian Poetry,’ the Winter 2014 issue of CV2.
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