By Edward Butscher

I will it still in absentia

with the cowardice of a poet

caged by rag flesh and glass bone

when it scratches a frenzied alphabet

against the porch corner’s cell walls


the last quivers and glazed stare

of a feathered and beaked creature

dumped into this life

from a teacup of darkness


to be clawed back home

without ever growing large

enough to mother another


or streak through sun bursts

to snatch a briefer butterfly

from its immense mission.



Edward Butscher is the author of first biographies of Sylvia Plath and Conrad Aiken, as well as shorter books on Adelaide Crapsey and Peter Wild, much criticism, and several books of poems, most recently, Eros Descending.

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