July/Aug 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2017 |

“When the Earth Flies into the Sun

it will be morning everyday,"         a dawn of lost receipts and dial tones,         of unpaired socks surviving last night's wash—    we slip one on and step        into our liquefying windows.   We shake the burrs   fastened to our ribcage: resentments our lovely, hungry-    for-attention kids have spurred; the guilt these resentments engender—   All's gone to glare.   Let us bless this blindness    we saw coming. Even animals (extinction's avant-garde) recognize   this freedom— terns flee the timberline's flame;      the fox's frustrated lusts                immolate within him. And we who burned so much        before we burned—is this our balm for that truth       we too gradually     conceded: the earth is ours to alter.     My ambition dissipates like fog till the world leaves m

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Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes and The Identity Thief, as well as a chapbook from Two Sylvias Press, The Ego and the Empiricist. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he holds degrees from Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Denison University. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Award for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin. He blogs at the Kenyon Review Online.

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