Two Hear Cicadas

By Farnoosh Fathi b. 1981 Farnoosh Fathi
BEEF: We are here between trees,
with the tempo of a rosary being strung
in a queue of escalating beads—

BEEF: It's not quite the count in
the countinghouse of my chest
but the heart does make an awful attempt

BEEF: a tee and a circle wherever it may
be there was music coming on

BEEF: which though machinery-like
moves not in cogs, and never
springs, but waves through

BEEF: like wired applause for antic backstage
buds on the pre-comeuppance buzz; but it

BEEF: but only after the chorus has pulsed

BEEF: it drops off with sudden decision, like fountain
water gone dross

BEEF: or it reaches the furthest point
the branch turns from us, and is for some arc
fully quiet...

BEEF: until the roulette snaps its jaw and the choir's
circuit opens to one

BEEF: like a pigeon unhinged, its wings in sudden
white-rumped ascent

BEEF: unopposed by iridescence

BEEF: unopposed by iridescence

Farnoosh Fathi, "Two Hear Cicadas" from Great Guns. Copyright © 2013 by Farnoosh Fathi.  Reprinted by permission of Canarium Books.

Source: Great Guns (Canarium Books, 2013)

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Subjects Living, The Body, Nature, Animals

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Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Iranian parents. Raised in California, she attended Chadwick School and UCLA. She earned an MA from NYU and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, High Chair, Fence, and other journals. Her translations of poetry have appeared in Circumference and Jacket2, her interviews with poets can . . .

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