a beautiful moving
target is all you
wanted to be
aspiring future wilderness
you must know by now of
the dark quiver my wan genius
shot back through same hole
not everything allows for
indulgence analogous to
being open by morning
fall forward
fall conjuring
tell the farmer we
cannot taste his
milk but wish to

a finger in the web to
give it back tenfold
holding our
gorged fragment as
promised to
change if we
want change
another evening to
falter under
the chrysalis
a wayward protein bloodletting from
unforeseen orifice gathers us to
elongated grass-fed hours
falling victim to
the song in its
silken casing

paint over the
dead end sign
are police writers?
yes they are writing into
books our
little cherub of
a thinking to push us
back into body of the
love yourself more next time their
reports read
stones sink as they please
a lit cigarette into
our dark hello

CACONRAD’s PACE The Nation Project is touring the U.S. to ask poets how we can repair our war-obsessed nation. He is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (Wave Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at


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