Jan/Feb 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 1 Poetry |

Flaubert and the Chancre

Pigalle's most lightly-poxed and supple minxes, I still considered it possible to be violent in art but orderly in life: to stand at the cataract's precipice in a pricy slicker, witness to the revolution, island in the traffic, tiny shrine in dirty alleys; to buy a ride, as it were, steadfast through the storm until each ragged hand-stitched banner finally wilts, —until this hives vile rise: reckoned as the will of god or delinquent blood, at least: a weeping penalty: love-sweats will shake you like a cheap sheet, cher— your tongue thicken to an ox's, pronouncing words that only through your industry still merit this translation:I sometimes feel I am liquefying like an old Camembert

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Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field and Now Make An Altar (Carnegie Mellon University Press). A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a "Discovery"/The Nation Award and a James Merrill Fellowship, she has worked as a creative writing instructor, freelance writer, reporter, political asylum specialist, sous-chef, high-school teacher in West Africa, and an election and human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Southern Review and many other journals. She lives in Albuquerque.

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