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Joshua Corey is the author of The Barons (Omnidawn, 2014); Severance Songs (Tupelo Press, 2011), winner of the Dorset Prize; Fourier Series (Spineless Books, 2005); and Selah (Barrow Street Press, 2003), selected by Robert Pinsky as the winner of the Barrow Street Press Book Prize. He teaches at Lake Forest College in Illinois and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Severance Songs, 2.1

Joshua Corey

2.1

Many tiers make this world pillowed on stone
many collect in their fear to strive.
Yours the face aglow in the cold,
precarious thriver in the song-stung dark.
With glance and lip you collected me.
Where are you? Alien hip I catch you out,
refuse cheshire blazon, unpronounced tremolo.
Now to step into the prints you left.
Winglessly now to embrace your air
on tiptoe, phonetic and misprized answer—
know you me? Tease this mystery? Kiss,
cats, for your dear dog am I, better angled
to see you by night with eyes straight upward
and by your leave to praise and praise.

First published in Hotel Amerika. Copyright © Josh Corey. Reprinted with permission of the author.

First published in Hotel Amerika. Copyright © Josh Corey. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Joshua Corey

Joshua Corey is the author of The Barons (Omnidawn, 2014); Severance Songs (Tupelo Press, 2011), winner of the Dorset Prize; Fourier Series (Spineless Books, 2005); and Selah (Barrow Street Press, 2003), selected by Robert Pinsky as the winner of the Barrow Street Press Book Prize. He teaches at Lake Forest College in Illinois and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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