the field is the bodyand the body is impregnated by tenseand the body hangs low, lowerand the windows enter hereand the frailer flannel bodynot hard like a used bodyand not reshaped like flattened ironand not a blanket folded with staticstacks for the body begs for allof poetry, a vile beginningremaining only with legsboth a bat and both with legscrawling as if this bodyand in another dream that night my face washed in dewmy bodythe body girdled with a reedthe body of the message of godthe body of gnashing teeththe body with mind is nowfor without the mind and ripplesslouching back but not romanticallyfor decay is with the mindand with the body a shellof a ghost of with a vapora body of perpetual disgracea body shut in a memory care unitand the body is in the field nowand the body is a holler of denialtime and the body spits and chewsand the body aches and sings
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
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Cover by Austin Blake Mays
Evan Gray is from Jefferson, North Carolina and is the author of two other chapbooks: Blindspot (the Rest (Garden-Door Press, 2018) and Dusk Melody (Shirt Pocket Press, 2019). His essays and poems have been featured in DIAGRAM, Tarpaulin Sky, Yalobusha Review, Word For / Word, and others. He currently lives and teaches in Pittsburgh, PA.
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