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J. Michael Martinez
J. Michael Martinez
J. Michael Martinez was born and raised in Greeley, CO. He is...
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White

 
by J. Michael Martinez

               as the meat
               within the shell

as the shell before the caw

a bleached weed
               a fig
dusted to sweet the skin

egg albumen of peacock
               butterfly

held to the ivory of oxen hoof
               pulling
               the space

between sins               I am

               as I am so

the host               on the tongue
               God of Bread

complexion of conquest
               the salt of Lot

as God is
               a crown of thorn
               diadem of wheat

so am I the echo
calling fossil back to name

amaranth ash               spread across the light






Audio Clip
Oct. 16, 2009
Tischman Auditorium, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive



First appeared in New American Writing. Copyright © by J. Michael Martinez. From Heredities (LSU, 2010) by J. Michael Martinez. Appears with permission of the author.
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