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.



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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