from Hyperglossia [my pastoral . . .]

By Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969 Stacy Szymaszek
my pastoral  :

                                            four panels

                                            of perpetual

            man and dog

                             concealed within march grass
                                             wild acre of strong necks
                over there   evening’s plate
                         of dark meat
            synchronized release of feet
                              let me also
            replicate the spring-loaded
                           as my toilette
                                          used against me
                                                 was pin weaponry
                           there is an exercise
            I know by heart (the brain)

                    clench the antlers of a stag

move some air

through my vein

Stacy Szymaszek, “[my pastoral . . .]” from Hyperglossia. Copyright © 2009 by Stacy Szymaszek. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009)

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Poet Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the chapbooks Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (2008), from Hart Island (2009), and others. She also authored the book-length collections Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009).
Szymaszek’s work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Hyperglossia references ancient Egyptian healing and . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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