July/Aug 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 4 Poetry |

Pegasus and Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

The Kenyon Review · Two Poems and a Note by Sandra Meek To you swimming my father’s realm what is visible of the medusa pulses in fuchsia neon as four-leaf clover, as horseshoes four horsemen facing the diasporic cardinal directions have stamped to twin swords of infinity signs dissolving at the root of their crossing the bells propelled by shudder and flex, by Father’s muscled flux; bloom borne by ship hull, by ballast water—any warmth you breathe, they will thrive in. What’s disturbed is ripest for invasion: your shore- perched power plants’ steaming refuse, the centipede legs of your piers their polyps moor to—increase you pretend unfathomable. Hear me: what is brainless- boneless-bloodless is not without eyes, not without tentacles’ frayed veils seeded with sting, not without snaking oral arms devouring the tiniest eggs and crustaceans, what once would have fed sunfish and leatherbacks, a disappearing this abundance at once underscores

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Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poems, most recently Still (Persea Books, 2020), named a New & Noteworthy Poetry Book by The New York Times Book Review. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has three times been awarded Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry and twice the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College, Meek is also poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

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