Spell

By Catherine Wagner Catherine Wagner
Ampersand to start the poem, keep you going, there’s a
Next Anne Cunningham
Now intubated in white bed mountain range —
Event brought you here and event will blow you onward.
 
     this is the refrain from Anne harm
     refrain from all harm
     events blowing forward
     gentle your train
     refrain from all damn harm
 
Camp out in the mountains
Under fluorescent hiss and beep.
Nina (pet) put to sleep, ancient incontinent;
Now you mourn blood
Into your gastric tract.
Noble body, gather your
Guts, seal the passage:
Have to die sometime but curving intricate
Amerspand-tract says you’ll
Meet us for breakfast.
 
     this is the refrain from Anne harm
     refrain from all harm
     events blowing forward
     gentle your train
     refrain from all damn harm

Catherine Wagner, “Spell” from Nervous Device, City Lights Spotlight No. 8. Copyright © 2012 by Catherine Wagner. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Source: Nervous Device (City Lights Books, 2012)

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Poet Catherine Wagner

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (2012), My New Job (2009), Macular Hole (2004), Miss America (2001); and a dozen chapbooks, including Imitating (Leafe Press, 2004). She has performed widely in the U.S., England and Ireland; her poems and essays have appeared in Abraham Lincoln, Lana Turner, New American Writing, 1913, How2, Cambridge Literary Review, Soft Targets, Action, Yes, and other magazines. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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