Miracle's truck comes down the little avenue, Scott Joplin ragtime strewn behind it like pearls, and, yes, you can feel happy with one piece of your heart. Take what's still given: in a room's rich shadow a woman's breasts swinging lightly as she bends. Early now the pearl of dusk dissolves. Late, you sit weighing the evening news, fast-food miracles, ghostly revolutions, the rest of your heart.
Aurelius & Furius, true comrades, whether Catullus penetrates to where in outermost India booms the eastern ocean's wonderful thunder; whether he stops with Arabs or Hyrcani, Parthian bowmen or nomadic Sagae; or goes to Egypt, which the Nile so richly dyes, overflowing; even if he should scale the lofty Alps, or summon to mind the mightiness of Caesar viewing the Gallic Rhine, the dreadful Britons at the world's far end-- you're both prepared to share in my adventures, and any others which the gods may send me. Back to my girl then, carry her this bitter
Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press, 2015) and Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2019).
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five poetry collections, including Boy in the Labyrinth (University of Akron Press, 2019). He is a founding member of Kundiman, and will be the Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day in October 2019.
Jameka Williams is a Black poet and the author of American Sex Tape™ (University of Wisconsin Press, 2022), winner of the 2022 Brittingham Prize in Poetry from the Wisconsin Poetry Series. She is an assistant book editor at Haymarket Books.
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