Multiplying Ground Zero

Ground zero refers to the detonation point
Of a bomb of any size, from one strapped
To the waist, to the Fat Man, to the Massive
Ordinance Air Burst. Like the Daisy Cutter,
The M.O.A.B. explodes just above the ashen clay
To insure that it spreads its sentiment sideways.

Linh Dinh, “Multiplying Ground Zero” from Borderless Bodies. Copyright © 2005 by Linh Dinh. Reprinted by permission of Factory School.
Source: Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2005)
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