This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Alaina Hanchey, is from Wolf Hat Iron Shoes by Martha McCollough, released by Lily Poetry Review in 2022.
All these omens
comets and a crowing hen antichrist squatting in the seat of power. the century’s logo: goofball dog in a hat red tongue dangling sideways X X for its eyes trash fire burning mid street is this fine maybe long oblivion can erase our embarrassment or do I mean shame I mean can you tell the ostrogoths from the visigoths or keep the dull presidents straight no just throw us what’s-his-name the emperor’s head in a basket wild spring I wish I were with you floating like smoke through teargas streets you said as the dream of every cliché is to enter a poem the dream of every lie is to slither into history above us all the home-come chickens weigh the branches into downward arcs every tree in the park weeping
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