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Ted Mathys is the author of Null Set (Coffee House Press, 2015). He teaches at Saint Louis University and lives in Saint Louis.

Appalachian Trail

Ted Mathys

I am in the 
main on the 

mend I am in 
Maine on the 

wagon on 
Katahdin in 

an animal
skin I am a 

pencilmaker 
breaking 

a stolen mirror 
metaphor over 

the peak to 
make Maine 

lakes glint in 
sun I broke 

like a main 
clause over 

the forest of the 
page and paused 

to drink from a
literal canteen

Copyright © 2012 by Ted Mathys. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2012 by Ted Mathys. Used with permission of the author.

Ted Mathys

Ted Mathys

Ted Mathys is the author of Null Set (Coffee House Press, 2015). He teaches at Saint Louis University and lives in Saint Louis.

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We are interested in long criminal histories
because we've never bedded down in a cellblock.
With the sibilance of wind through the swaying
spires of skyscrapers as my witness. When I say 
cover your grenades I mean it's going to rain I mean
there is mischief in every filibuster of sun.

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It’s clear when, in membranous
              predawn blue
I enter pines, mind on
              embryo in amnion,

my tracks preceded
              by those of the dog,
his by a doe’s, hers by six
              hours of snow, it’s clear then

the distance between