July/Aug 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 4 Poetry |

What Is Happening

By the time the century of white blue black weather was over I had a storm spiral affixed to my mirror with Scotch™ tape. It will be hard to explain believing in something larger than the brands—I wanted to think originally but only used adhesives—"all you need you have" sang the singer who dated the biker who changed his blood each week. Iridescent flies I think of as tiny (though the bottom of that well never plinks) vector against human children currently climbing our splintery fence to play house in our decaying fort with dangerous rope swing and broken saint statue forever amen that is until someone ahem paints his head orange making him gaudy and takenby truck to another realm. What is happening seems mainly about to happen— a fade into a possible other sandbox strewn with trucks and full buried Superballs™ somewhere deep in in-or external space. Un-nameable entities are responsible —close to thermodynamic, centrifugal— for hurting people but also allo

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William Stobb is the author of five poetry collections, including the National Poetry Series selection Nervous Systems (2007) and Absentia (2011), both from Penguin Books. Stobb works as associate editor of Conduit and assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

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