Academic journal article Chicago Review

Report from the Undersecretary of Inquests

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Report from the Undersecretary of Inquests

Article excerpt

Gender: indeterminate. Age:

ancient. Eyes: undersized.

Nose: broken. Neck: connected.

Hair: mostly air. Chest: at rest.

Gender: pending. Forehead: dented,

perhaps by stars or star-shaped devices

such as a Phillips head, although

the tongue, twisted, recently located

inside the right cheek

salutes you, clearly

as shadows salute the sun's love

of late afternoons in winter trees

leafless as the word branches.

I'm awake. I'm awake. Minutes

more a few minutes more &

a face the morning twitches into

movement is blinking. Where's

my war bonnet. Birdlessly the sky.

Blue is a hole in my head you

fly into, whispering, questioning.

A cat's feathered tongue. Its patiences.

Spring. Coiled sources. They pulled

the river out of the body

called today, Tuesday,

did you know her wide, flat gaze

& the way it moved

or certain things move, as if

from beneath, unseen the earth, like

a bull's shoulder must flow suddenly sideways

for a fly. Flecknoe

is his name. He lives under the sign

of The Sad Pelicans, which are easy

to find since their leathery,

weather-beaten distensible gular pouches

unfold with a little wind

as grey, overcast skies. …

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