The Manhole Cover on Its Ability to Provide

By Douglas Collura

Icy snow only my metal conquers.

You test one foot. The other follows.

Stillness. You study land’s lost pavement.

Step out of steam wind whips to nothing.




Douglas Collura lives in Manhattan and is the author of the book, Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into, a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize. He was also the 2008 First Prize Winner of the Missouri Review Audio/Video Competition in Poetry. His work has appeared in The Broome Review, Coe Review, Dislocate, The Dos Passos Review, Paterson Literary Review, Lips Magazine, The Monarch Review, Sierra Nevada College Review, Salt Hill Journal, and other periodicals.

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