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More snow fell than was able

to be plowed. We turned

our faces to the clouds, waited

in waiting rooms to fill out

the forms, kissing each

one like the scalp of a child

with hair as unreal

as a doll built by hand

in the hold of a beautiful ship.

I sit in the room full of porn,

exhale my own name,

the one of that saint who

carried the Christ

child over a swollen river.

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Christopher Salerno’s most recent book of poems, ATM was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review poetry prize. Previous books include Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review poetry prize, 2010) and Whirligig (2006). He is also the author of the chapbooks AORTA and Automatic Teller, winner of the 2013 Laurel Review Midwest chapbook prize. A New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow, he is currently an associate professor of English at William Paterson University, where he edits the journal, Map Literary.

Feature image from A Popular Treatise on Comets by James C. Watson, 1861. Source: The Public Domain Review.

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