Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1999 |

Metamorphoses (Excerpts)

1. Adam Two boys exchange DNA and blood, the usual. One enters the other, indivisible—pastoral on a cremation vase. One boy is my brother. I am both boys. One gives the other a rare artwork, the other gives the other the death I could have warned you hovers in the wings—but could I have foreseen the suddenness, three unities untied? I don't mind the devil but I deplore my tasks as duplicate, reproduction's milk on my loose toy. I rushthrough the stories, trying to make crediblemy quick passage from one life to the next—but what can I reap? What can I destroy? 2. Orpheus (Oscar Wilde) The mean man came to me in a dream, plump fingers offering letters beside the mailbox—change and refusal fell from his Hormel hands—meanwhile I, in a bathtub, foul water exiting the drain, couldn't claimfull knowledge, but if I were nude at the crux of the dream maybe I could force love into flower? Friend with forked tongue, cruel messenger beside the mailbox: would he turn into love

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1. Adam Two boys exchange DNA and blood, the usual. One enters the other, indivisible—pastoral on a cremation vase. One boy is my brother. I am both boys. One gives […]

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