Ersatz Ignatz

By Monica Youn Monica Youn
The clockwork saguaros sprout extra faces like planaria stroked by
               a razor. Chug

say the sparrows, emitting fluffs of steam. Chug chug say the piston-powered
               ground squirrels.

The tumbleweeds circle on retrofitted tracks, but the blue pasteboard welkin
               is much dented by little winds.

The yuccas pulse softly under the grow-light sconces.

Here is the door he will paint on the rock.

Here is the glass floor of the cliff.

He’ll enter from the west, backlit in orange isinglass, pyrite
            pendants glinting from the fringes of his voice.

Monica Youn, “Ersatz Ignatz” from Ignatz. Copyright © 2010 by Monica Youn. Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books.

Source: Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010)

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Poet Monica Youn

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Animals, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Monica Youn is the author of Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003) and Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress and Stanford University, among other awards. A former lawyer, she now teaches . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Animals, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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