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Still Life

March 7, 2012

by Jeff Fearnside

for e.e. cummings

—how deep and many a bottom
have spread themselves

so wide
upon your four and wooden

sturdy cockeyed
legs twin

sets (the one
in front so rapt

urous the one in back—
coy—displays

coquettishness) the flat
hole low

—how do
they do

it this duoistic
set of

spandrels corners quite
simply

by their back their shared
and common

space
spritely exquisite

ly hand
hewn by faeries right

angles—just
slightly—capped

by wide bands
hold

up high your bottom
s nymphs—


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Jeff Fearnside’s poetry has appeared in Permafrost, Blue Earth Review, Assisi, ProtestPoems.org, and The Los Angeles Review. His poems were twice named finalists in Glimmer Train’s national Poetry Open contests. His chapbook Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land, winner of the Standing Rock Cultural Arts 2010 Open Poetry Chapbook Competition, was published in 2011. (See his website for more details.) He lives with his wife and two cats in Prescott, Arizona.

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