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eight carbon atoms

 

she holds eight points of fire
and he      counts the atoms

which of these things is
combustible      which of these things
bursts into blue flame

what liquid ignites the illusion
and quivers with refracted light
what burns the silence of spectators

which intoxication of hydrocarbons
explodes through metal      stupefies
urges him to ignore the distortion

she hides chromatic aberrations

she says it’s magic     a flammable phantom
she tells him it is all just what he
wants      to believe

she holds eight points of fire
and he counts      the atoms

 

 

contemporary american voices — april 2010

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