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Convince Me Eternity

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October 1, 2010

Six forty-seven a.m. is a bowl of bees on the tongue. The part still beneath
sheets leans into the bit lip of dawn. The impossible is less possible
in the bone-soaked light of a little February. Though summer will come,
someone will slide a tongue down my bleak back, slowly and purely.

For the foreseeable: forest of copy machines, a lack called wallpaper. Other
tired hearts radiate a little heat on the train, through windows of cars.
What’s past is throbbing, and I run past it, though I have not yet learned to calm
the muscle of wanting what I never had. So I grow round-eyed, wine-toothed,

and I grow old as the sun shoves off and the air goes black. Somewhere
the serrated surf is slicing sand beneath it. Somewhere there are children.
Obliterate a bit more until I’m among bloodstones in a field in Wyoming.
There is not one dignified thing about this life or that one.

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LibbyBurton.jpgLisabeth Burton lives in Brooklyn, New York. She recently completed her MFA at Columbia University and works at W. W. Norton & Company. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Broome Review, Denver Quarterly, the North American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Tin House. She is a recipient of the Stephen Dunn Prize in poetry and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers Magazine.

Poet’s Recommendations:

The Collected Stories by Grace Paley.

I Was the Jukebox: Poems by Sandra Beasley.

No Planets Strike by Josh Bell.

Homepage photo by Stephcarter via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyperbolation/3978392916

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