The Explosions

by Mathias Svalina

published 2012 | poetry

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The Explosions


From “Above the Fold”

The Viral Lease

Give me the war

under the cornfields


& denim. Sheaves of war

den the scalped city.


Torches stain

the night


with headaches

& mortgages.


Lagging miter,

I’m a Gentile


int the toothache of killings.

Beware: one cup


is fleshed

with ants;


the war has broken

& bruised wider


than eyes. Your branch


is broken.

Your brother is a breath.

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Mathias Svalina author photoMathias Svalina is the author of one previous book of poetry, Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), & one book of prose, I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mud Luscious Press); his poetry & fiction have been widely published. With Julia Cohen, he has co-authored numerous collaborative chapbooks. With Zachary Schomburg & Alisa Heinzman, he is co-editor of the small press Octopus Book. He teaches writing in Denver, Colorado.

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