Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 Poetry |

Critique of Paradise

Not enough misery. Not enough snow. No fevered all-night bus rides through Ohio. Nothing’s brief, so nothing’s sweet. No grief and so no blowing grief into the body to make song. No Van Gogh eating paint. No paint: no yellow ocher, orange chrome, or Prussian blue. No rending or rupture or rapture. Not enough rapture. No lunch with Julie at Hoseki, watching ice melt in her glass. No heart climbing the ladder of the ribs. A lack of terror and of ache. A lack of lack. Though much is given, not enough’s taken away. Nothing oblique, obtuse, obscure, obscene. No boring bits to plow through in Swann’s Way, and so no savoring the epilogue instead. No winter waxwings warring for old grapes. No fruit staining their gold hearts red.

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Michael Lavers is the author of After Earth and The Inextinguishable, both published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Southwest Review, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, the Moth Poetry Prize, and the Bridport Prize for poetry.

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