Diminishing Form #17

       Robert Masterson
Arranged there along the wall taut carapace and brittle
still loose for such high cheek bones yet ready to be knotted
again and again and again

Those leaves falling
without potential for tea
and dry crackle underfoot
suddenly deadly

Strange violence in bright sun brings us all outside
to count things

When she says “ouch”
I fall down

I found my lucky rock right next to my nose


Robert Masterson

teaches at the BMCC for the CUNY in NYC. He is the author of Trial by Water, Artificial Rats & Electric Cats, and Garnish Trouble and shorter works. He holds a BA and an MA from UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an MFA from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, and an academic certificate from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, the People’s Republic of China.

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