University of Massachusetts, Amherst Poetry Prize I, 2016

Sway

by David Feinstein

it’s all red by the roadside
duh there are flowers

the birds sing too
because they are braindead


like all beautiful things
given over to distance

I think my spine
might be a cloudstem

any movement
melodramatic as sex


even the wind is too much
even the clouds

the leaves tilt their heads back

they say oh oooooh ooh

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