August 19, 2010The Arsenal Building, Central ParkNew York, NYFrom the Academy Audio Archive

A Possum Entering the Argument

Tom Healy

 

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Tom Healy

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How much oxygen
to ask a question,
to rattle a crack-lipped
whisper,
a one-word lie?

Other animals exist
in an endless present—
ice and light,
speed or crawl, waves
of whatever is this and now.

Of course there’s us—
the only breathing bodies

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