Wish

By Bruce Covey Bruce Covey
Tune yr sandwich to the key of C
Make biscuits in kitchen B
 
Miss Scarlet with her lead pipe
Waits behind the cupboard door
 
Clubs one from the other limp
Only to begin again innocent
 
& nothing to do but gather into
Legion gather into constellation
 
Coming along then a spider its web
Holds the walls together holds the floor
 
Up gathers toward a central point
Mean & distribution derivation
 
To insert a thumb & see what sticks
Past the earth’s crust cirrus
 
And acidic enough to spoon fork but
Chew & eat & swallow digesting the fact
 
That nine wonders hope the clouds have
Answers hope the clouds have

Bruce Covey, "Wish" from Glass Is Really A Liquid. Copyright © 2010 by Bruce Covey. Reprinted by permission of Bruce Covey.

Source: Glass Is Really A Liquid (No Tell Books LLC, 2010)

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Poet Bruce Covey

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Crime & Punishment, Popular Culture

Biography

The son of two chemists, poet and editor Bruce Covey was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and educated at Yale University, where he earned an MA in English literature. Influenced by John Ashbery and Ron Padgett, Covey’s poems often utilize narrative and sequence, sometimes engaging found text, with both playfulness and urgency. Reviewing Glass Is Really a Liquid for the Rumpus, Weston Cutter noted that Covey’s poems “make sense, . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Crime & Punishment, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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