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Symphony in Flesh, The Girl in the Picture, Phan Thi Kim Phuc
Hungers are hard to kill when you’re bereft,
While you burned, we slept, exhausted hedonists,
In the South, my mother was fond of saying,
I tried to help you. Everything worked for a time. I wrote
We use mother here to put a name to our collective responsibility.
Obscene voyeur, obscene victim of a war,
She paces my vehicle, the coyote, outstrips it
I must have been her, loping,
I must have left myself on the side of the road,
I left myself behind on the roadside,
that was to be fed, children crying, my mother in bed,
I took my vehicle off road and abandoned it,
loping, the girl unleashed,
The hungry will take you, whether or not.
I am calling you, calling, to roil with me
Just once I saw Crane, swimming strongly, but never again,
escaped from the captivity of human form,
That last glimpse so defied the gesture of suicide.
deck of the Orizaba with such gusto, bidding
then disappeared over the stern railing to be parsed,
leaving his onlookers to ponder the merely mortal nature
a young god sacrificing himself to the sun at the stroke of noon,
I often wonder what it is like where he is.
Does he yearn for a chance to be
privy to the local gossip, a little bored but enduring on?
a different life, even as one is living, or after one is dead?
other, better place. The Hasidimtell a story
will be just as it is here: our beds still our beds,
Havana, the Isla of Juventud, shots of Bacardi at the local bar,
and weather. I wish him good weather in eternity—Eternity!
BIO: Lise Goett’s second manuscript, Leprosarium, is the Tupelo Press selection from over 2000 manuscripts in the 2015 July Open and is slated for publication in early 2017, as well as the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America. Her other awards include The Paris Review Discovery Award, The Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, the Capricorn Prize from the West Side Y, the James D. Phelan Award, and The Barnard New Women Poets Prize for my first poetry collection, Waiting for the Paraclete (Beacon). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Image, Mandorla, and the Antioch Review.
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