Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2014 |

A Peacock in a Cage

shaking out its corona of tail feathers is like light glowing in a bulb, a man dancing inside an elevator: the space too small to quite contain him, yet contain him it does: the way a cloud keeps some portion of the sea inside it or a box encloses air, encloses also the philosophical cat both dead and alive inside of it; the way a car inhales the gas containing bones of dissolved dinosaurs and the cheese breeds mold to heal the cut that holds the hurt cradled inside the body, the blood thick with the trace of all things we might yet express or become, such as the mathlete or music lover, who holds first one note and then the next inside her ear. We try to pin the mind's attention to the task at hand though the mind can sometimes falter, the way a tongue sometimes cannot rein in the word whose meaning may escape it, may be captured so perfectly within its syllables for once the desire the fear the surprise the distaste churn palpably when uttered: just as the parent's past churns ins

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Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and three books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope. Her newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels, will be published in October 2016.

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