Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Poetry |

Essentialism

The etiolated light, the binarismson either side of the horizon—control, ignorance,disregard, want—the black dog cowering in the kitchen where I used to love.Now walk away, now crutch a pathinto the stinging afternoon, the cars in their indifferent orbitsand the poetics of entry, even here the funereal drive-thru.This is the phenomena of the incommunicative— whole fields of threshed corn,the doe lying dead on the shoulder, my legatrophying, and the one word I haven't spoken: head: shotgun: migration: broom:the bleached hardwood floor where if it comesto that, it comes to that:

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Quan Barry's latest book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Poetry Prize. Her debut novel, She Weeps Each Time You're Born, will be published by Pantheon in 2015.

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