Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2009 |

Arctic Scale

    After the photos of Subhankar Banerjee The screen grows progressively red. Now the black and yellow slicker encasing the man leans like a ballet dancer across the animal, matching its length and stretch, the strangely stiffened legs and slack head, the man's knife already deep inside the body. He slits fat down to membrane as muscle is exposed to air, the blue cells brightening, gleaming under plastic tendons the man massages then peels carefully away.         There is no face. But children appear in the following frame, and now there is more red, the man and boys taking apart the thickened blood that foams, one enormous jelly pooling the snow so that rubber boots get wetted up to the calf and what they touch coats them utterly: there is no skin left, only hands becoming intimate with the work, cutting away horns and heart, tongue, lungs, kidney, liver, scooping out intestines filled with grass and placing them to the

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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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