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Ignatz Invoked

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A gauze bandage wraps the land
and is unwound, stained orange with sulfates.

A series of slaps molds a mountain,
a fear uncoils itself, testing its long

cool limbs. A passing cloud
seizes up like a carburetor

and falls to earth, lies broken-
backed and lidless in the scree.

Acetylene torches now snug
in their holsters, shop-vacs

trundled back behind the dawn.
A mist becomes a murmur, becomes

a moan deepening the dust-
choked fissures in the rock O pity us

Ignatz O come to us by moonlight
O arch your speckled body over the earth.

Monica Youn, “Ignatz Invoked” from Ignatz. Copyright © 2010 by Monica Youn. Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books.
Source: Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010)
Ignatz Invoked

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