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Postcard with Tomorrow’s Phobia


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Postcard with Tomorrow’s Phobia


 

Postcard with Tomorrow’s Phobia

(Mendocino Cliff, J. Ambry)

[Front] 
           What passes for the sky is a burial at sea. 
           Below that, trees shoulder the horizon, 
           a stone poses as a thought too grey to lift. 
           Wind curves the long blades of grass 
           back to earth. The cliff’s sheer 
           devotion to the waves is crumbling.

[Back]
           The malignant flowers. 
           The estuary mud. 
           How the rain hurried us
           inside. Night leading
           to night. Our antlers 
           on the floor. Our furred 
           feet chained to luck,
           then the rearview.
           Be with me. 
           Not to remember, 
           but to dismember.

NEXT/from Born

 
 
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from Born


from Born


 

from Born

That September, we bury the placenta 
under the cherry tree
and wait for the blackest birds

to start singing. We wonder
which treasures will unown us 
first.  Come sleep, come love, 

come breath, come bramble. 
Come October, the wolves 
have returned to resurrect 

our howling. They circle 
the suburban block 
of our bodies until we call them 

in for dinner. I get down 
on my knees and beg 
to be bitten because teeth 

belong to flesh. Because 
the nights don’t end 
with sunrise, 

but when the crying
stops.              Hush-hush, 
here-here baby. Here’s the harpoon

and the hoo-ha and the helpless 
heart beating
everything it ever touched.
 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 
 

Fritz Ward


Fritz Ward


 

Fritz Ward's poetry appears or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, The Journal, Hotel Amerika, and Blackbird. His manuscript has been a finalist for the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award, The National Poetry Series Open Competition, the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, and several other contests. He is the author of the poetry chapbook, Doppelgänged (Blue Hour Press, 2011). He lives just outside of Philadelphia and works at Swarthmore College.

 

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