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SOME LIVES OF WATER by Dan Featherston

Some Lives of Water


All night
rain falling over the house

Kettle’s
tumbled thrum
drum

Stalks stood
in root
scribbled glass

One drop:
the whole room dangles there

Face floating
raised between
basin & palms

Face falling
broken

Some sealed
sweet

Some suckling
spout

Some broken
by light

Coiled green
under a bush

Ice trayed
staved

Turbid
amber
tinted
tumbler

All afternoon
rain falling inside the piano

Pauses
puddled
light

Detective novel’s
steam grate

Textbook’s
scattered billiard balls

Shook belly’s hollow
heart of floating soap

Nippled hydrant

Eyes sore with looking

Solid liquid gas

Fist palm fingers

Evening
even the sky
liquid

All night
house on fire under an ocean

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Dan Featherston’s books of poetry include The Radiant World (BlazeVox, 2009), The Clock Maker’s Memoir (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and United States (Factory School, 2005). He teaches at Temple University and lives in Philadelphia with Rachel McCrystal and their rescue companion animals.

“Some Lives of Water” appears in The Radiant World (BlazeVox, 2009).

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