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Claire's Poetry Corner | Aug 2

Make it New

Alice Fulton


I find it helpful to imagine writing in a blizzard

with every inscription


designed to prevent snow

crystals from drifting in.


Avoid the hive mind. Go fly a kite,

raise a stained glass window in the sky.


It’s the opposite of making love to drudgery,

what I do for a dying.


Remove the bitter sediment

trapped in the brewer. It will be new


whether you make it new

or not. It will be full of neo-


shadows. Full of then — both past and next,

iridescent with suspense. Remember


time is not the treasure revealer.

More a midge larva creeping


through a waterfall releasing

suction feet. The curiosity rover


lands on Mars! New is a hooligan.

It breaks the reckoning frame and rests


in pieces. Let me collect its dna

from the tears on your desk.

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