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: KIRBY WRIGHT : TURTLE
: WILLIAM DORESKI: This Most Traditional Poem

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KIRBY WRIGHT
: TURTLE

The turtle is gone. Part of me dies. 22 years in the tank. Reptile whispers Under the succulent. With this pass I riddle with holes. A shovel blade caked. Butterflies vanish. Death hardens the shell.

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: WILLIAM DORESKI
: This Most Traditional Poem

The moon is a stone in my throat, and Iím threatening to swallow. Everyone wants to write that the moon is distant, yellow, white, the moon is windless, sere, depressed, the moon aches or pines for us, the moon despises our pale homage, the moon leaves trails of canker sores, the moon laves pregnancies shaped like clouds in gregarious moods. If I swallow, the moon no longer will inspire this grave panache, this seasick verve of adjectives, this seamless lack of gender. The taste of its airless defiance may sicken but canít compel me to cough it back into the vacuum where it imagines it belongs. No, like a wolf I plucked it from the sky and placed it way back in my throat where the threat of permanent dark lingers. If I should never speak again the moon will never reflect sunlight, will never flex oceans, will never tempt women to test their rage against its sandy calm. Eventually Iíll have to spit it into my palm, then toss it back where I found it. But for now, for this moment, the mournful sky droops and dogs refuse to howl. The writers who write that the moon is this or that, does that or this have to stifle, and the taste of moon, however toxic, belongs to me alone, as long as I can stand it.

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: KIRBY WRIGHT received his MFA from SFSU. His first play was performed at the Secret Theatre's 2016 One Act Festival in New York and at the 2016 PlayFestival in Honolulu. He will be lecturing in Helsinki and Stockholm in September 2016.

: WILLIAM DORESKI recently returned to Boston after years of teaching at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowellís Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals.


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