The Obvious Ruin of Precious Metals

The most precious metals,

the most antiseptic swatter in cahoots with the aquarium of the body.

& it is you ascending,
you exhaling,
& you,
& you.

Through the red-winged
blackbird’s pupil, apples pluck
themselves like suns from branches,
some frosty with home-wrecking.

Her teakettle dreamt toppled,
garrulous fingers retrieving,
fondling, what is the procedure?

Have you received the official
affidavit signed by physics,
a pasty mirage of mayors
beyond the horizon?

Let’s lick the bowl,              let’s remain seated.





Lina ramona Vitkauskas has published four books of poetry: A Neon Tryst (Shearsman Books, 2013); Honey is a She (Plastique Press, 2012); The Range of Your Amazing Nothing (Ravenna Press, 2010); and Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006). She was selected by Brenda Hillman for The Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2009 Juried Reading Award and has been published in/will be published in DIAGRAM, VLAK (Eds. Edmund Berrigan & Louis Armand); The Prague Literary Review; The Chicago Review; Another Chicago Magazine; and White Fungus (Taiwan), which is currently on display at MoMA.

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