The most precious metals,
the most antiseptic swatter in cahoots with the aquarium of the body.
& it is you ascending,
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.