Winter 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Poetry |

Poultice

1. Such is the pulse at the table under the conversation. Whorled. A spike driven beneath lids and swirled like an eggbeater. Turtles might live indefinitely—turning their hearts off and on at will—if humans didn't crush them. At the top of the stair: curled. Shut doors. Wall full of mice. Thalamus means bedroom chamber. Inside: a rustling of twigs and bird in the arches. Wings against stone. I cannot uproot you so completely, you say. I tell you: transplants need containers approximately twice the size. Be sure the spade is sharp so cuts heal rapidly. Water to settle disturbed soil. There is the smell again. Mother in bed drinking martinis. 2. I lay down in the bottom of the birds' nest and count my feathers. 10,000    mites, 200 gnats. Scabrous. Can't see the ground. A world in a cup. Airplane vapor    for clouds. Nest is a bed. Fetal on feathers. Empty mattress. A stilt palm grows roots out of a stem that angles to the earth. 3. If there's nowhe

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Page Starzinger
Page Hill Starzinger lives in New York City. Her first full-length poetry book, Vestigial, selected by Lynn Emanuel to win the Barrow Street Book Prize, was published in Fall 2013. Her chapbook, Unshelter, selected by Mary Jo Bang as winner of the Noemi contest, was published in 2009. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Fence, West Branch, Pleiades, Volt, and many others.

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1. Such is the pulse at the table under the conversation. Whorled. A spike driven beneath lids and swirled like an eggbeater. Turtles might live indefinitely—turning their hearts off and […]

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