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Verge 2017 – Chimera

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big fish little fish

Brent Cantwell

After the dance—big fish little fish

Put it in a box—we seek crepuscular

Corners—chill-out rooms—to flesh out each foot

With words like concupiscent   muscular …

Men submit to shape sweat-salt ’n‘ sinew

In the half-light on a hot plate sizzling

Everything that feels possible in you

We move slower without thought here out in

The never-places where lip-stuck faces

Pare treacherous words down to the iamb

A butterfly sits where my heart paces

I answer the pin I am who   I am …

A poised lepidopterist bops and clocks

Big fish little fish   put me in a box

Verge 2017 – Chimera

   by Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates