Ladybirds

By Larissa Szporluk Larissa Szporluk
Brilliance is a carcass
on a snow-white beach.

Envy never sleeps.
I tell my children truthfully:

a long red beard is breaking
from the darkness scale.

He’s chasing you because
you’re new. Because he’s old

and sees the town in dirty tones:
violet sheep and wine-dark

corn. He burns the evening
rainbow like a wartime bridge

until it’s charred and charlatans
topple out of  robin eggs

and pox  your happy window
by capturing the ledge

and chattering like X-rays
that crash into your flesh.

Source: Poetry (February 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

Larissa Szporluk was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned degrees at the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns fellow. Her books of poetry include Dark Sky Question (1998), which won the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato (2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind (2003); Embryos and Idiots (2007); and Traffic with . . .

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