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Searching for the larger waters
you become a plot without achievement
and this business of humid distillation,
its golden impulse, disturbs their sleep.
These decibel selves, a lifetime avalanche,
wear a pair of scissors instead of clouds.
In contrast to earth’s simplicity, evaporating poems,
breathe a tiny paradise of ambiguity
line the horizon with euphemisms, and
purple the blood with their affectionate clattering.
Larry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. His own published collections include: Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (Aboveground Press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (Mother’s Milk Press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His work was recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007). Larry also edits Milk Magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including The Chicago Tribune, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, The Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Van Gogh’s Ear, and elsewhere.