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Field Dressing My Favorite Animal

Rachel J. Bennett

It isn't about you at all but how / you led me here this gains clarity when / I see how my lost city is now one / of those Food & Wine spreads that spurs our want- / ing yet winds up looking exactly like / everywhere else ruled by some authori- / tarian force in this case our own but / it happens I've made it to the control / room I'm watching the flood and what comes next / is turning up the volume all the wa- / ter speaks a different language provides a / kind of breeze for our warm mechanical / wings but it's not flying we're after no- / thing that will cause anyone to buy any- / thing diabolical or shimmering / rather the intersection of these where / a clever manipulation of con- / trols has led all of us to the most beau- / tiful wreck because it's the most silent / and no one sees it the screens having gone / dark and this isn't what I set out to / find but I will save what little cathar- / sis is left like a desert plant the kind / surviving only in the pages of / The Doomsday Book of extinct things we thought / only people long gone could remember / the way it holds rain and I thought you would / know me if I could only send out a / flower like light from a dead star but end- / ing here sounded too much like ending in- / stead I penned endless in milk on a page / awaited the reinvention of fire

Rachel J. Bennett likes outliers. Her chapbook, On Rand McNally's World, is forthcoming (Summer 2015) from dancing girl press. A few places her poems live are Sixth Finch, Similar:Peaks::, Rattle, Big Lucks, Salt Hill, and Vinyl. You can find her on the M train and @rachtree11.

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ISSUE FIVE: My Laser Style

Geramee Hensley
   November is an anagram
     for fishhook

Taunja Thomson
   Skull, My Former

Rachel J. Bennett
   Level with Animals
   Field Dressing
     My Favorite Animal

   For the Programmer

Sean M. Conrey
   Alan Lomax Translation No. 1:
      Nimrod Workman, 'Mother
      Jones Will' (1983)

   Alan Lomax Translation No. 2:
      "Belton Sutherland's
      Field Holler" (1978)

Heather McNaugher
   Nature & Environmental
     Writing Workshop

Thea Goodrich
   Keynes & Keats as the Keystone
     Cowboy: Infinite Iterations

Vanessa Couto Johnson

Raymond Farr
   Encroachment on a Dry Source

Kristin LaFollette
   The Burial

Anna Kreienberg
   a tornado poem

Alejandro Escudé
   A Proper Pressurized Blast

Cathryn Cofell