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Unlawful Assembly

Don’t hurry to safety.
Each hour your flowered room grows smaller.
Everywhere at the periphery of vision
windows shatter into triangles
of mosaic light.
There in the lonely fragments
a youtube dictator
declares victory,
blood flattens and darkens.
The scent of rebellion
smoke fire and ash
all pungent in the still images
sacrificed to history.
Somewhere the flapping door of an overturned wagon
thumps steadily
in a deserted street—
echoes absent hands.


Originally published in New Letters: A Magazine of Writing & Art, Vol. 82, No. 1. Copyright © 2015 by Kimberly Blaeser. Used with the permission of the author.


Kimberly Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser is the author of five collections of poetry. The former Wisconsin poet laureate, Blaeser is an MFA faculty member for Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and a professor of English and Indigenous studies at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Date Published: 2018-04-05

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