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Bruce Covey

Bruce Covey was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He received an MA in English literature from Yale University, after which he worked for several years in bookstore management.

He is the author of several poetry collections, including Change Machine (Noemi Press, 2014), Reveal: All Shapes & Sizes (Bitter Cherry Books, 2012), and Glass Is Really a Liquid (No Tell Books, 2010).

Of Covey’s work, Alice Notley notes, “They’re pretty painterly, the poems, with images that flow past one changing into words…pixels…serifs. Domestic, lyric, amorous—well why not?”

In 2003, Covey founded Coconut Poetry, a web-based journal and press. He currently teaches at Emory University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Change Machine (Noemi Press, 2014)
Reveal: All Shapes & Sizes (Bitter Cherry Books, 2012)
Glass Is Really a Liquid (No Tell Books, 2010)
Elapsing Speedway Organism (No Tell Books, 2006)
The Greek Gods As Telephone Wires (Front Room, 1992)

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Superheroes as 2004 Volkswagen Passat: A Double Sonnet

The Invisible Woman is the windshield.
Mr. Fantastic is the wiper fluid.
The Thing is the tire.
The Human Torch is the spark plug.
Spiderman is the antenna.
Storm is the ignition coil.
Rogue is the crank shaft.
The Punisher is the exhaust pipe.
Captain America is the hub cap.
Quicksilver is the oil.
Rogue is the gasoline.
Psylocke is the catalytic converter.
The Hulk is the cylinder block.
She Hulk is the mount.

Mantis is the manifold.
Ms. Marvel is the muffler.
The Scarlet Witch is the instrument panel.
Iceman is the cooling system.
Wolverine is the hood.
Colossus is the camshaft.
Banshee is the horn.
Polaris is the voltage regulator. 
Silver Surfer is the rearview mirror.
Powerman is the bearing.
Phoenix is the powertrain.
Emma Frost is the hinge pillar.
The Vision is the fuse box.
Black Widow is the brake.