Summer 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 3 Poetry |

Separate City: Prose Poems: Into the City

Off the train, up to Market, you discovered a separate city of quarter films and hustlers, of veterans who wore the clothes they were given, of mothers who awoke to find the safety pins missing, pierced into the lips of three-chord punks who couldn't tune. On the street, dogs with teeth like jewelry. A history written in brick and fracture. All around you were vestiges: ornate colonnades, statues of soldiers, streets minted with the names of robber barons, a dome rusted to the color of the dollar. Once the city shook and burned. Now it seemed the citizens were in ruins: pink facade of the hospital through mist, the sick with views of the ocean and bridge.

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Keith Ekiss is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and the translator of The Fire’s Journey by the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio (Tavern Books, Fall 2012).

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