School

By Edward Butscher

The country wings home

on charred moth debris

when a goldfish floats.

 

Cows and crab-apple trees

and fields of green alfalfa

lie flat as a linoleum floor

 

without scent or sense

 

rows of cob canoes

hanging, naked, from gobs

of white paste and paint

 

without taste or taste.

 

Rag parents flutter

furtively away as children

circle a mulberry bush

 

without kiss or ken.

 

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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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