Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2007 |

Hearts of the South

In this place, where even the most humdrum of sunsets is one wild     thrum and somersault After another, It is impossible to relax. Even The parakeets, Usually so drowsy at this time Of night, are darting from one             Palm tree to the next, having given Up hope of falling asleep before the sun has worked its bum out And the evening air has lost its violet flaring.                   The rest of us just Sit, transfixed by the wicked, dizzy ruckus of it all. Our hearts Clenching and unclenching—               Clenching.                     Like fists. 

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Jay Hopler’s poems have appeared most recently, or are forthcoming, in The New Republic, Slate and Subtropics. His first book of poems, Green Squall, was chosen by Louise Glück as the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. He has been also the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters/the American Academy in Rome. He is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida and is at work on his second book of poems, The Rooster King.

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