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"This poem is a cut-up, assembled from the marketing slogans of the top twenty-five subprime mortgage lenders in 2006."
Claire McQuerry

Your Friendly Bank Is Offering

a life loan, the right blue dream
home, the ownership you deserve,
 
the industry to preserve. The providers help
you want it. We mortgage you “yes” and flex-
 
best-ible. One proud customer at a time.
That’s American wisdom: easier,
 
more of everything. Everyone deserves
the encore, a raise, respect, results, whatever
 
dream of local achieve. Purchase it, being.
Proud sponsor of do-done-faster, we
 
service new solutions, right answers.
We power your expectations of making,

dreams of shade-covered _ _ _ _ _ _.
Employees dedicate themselves to

the World's fulfilling, the family way. Know
the conforming American gets the mortgage.

Dream easier. Dream of good. Dream
today's/tomorrow's guaranteed lead.

Common solutions have purchase. Done it.
Un. Non. All dreams will chip.

Copyright © 2017 Claire McQuerry. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in Tin House, Fall 2017.

Copyright © 2017 Claire McQuerry. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in Tin House, Fall 2017.

Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry is the author Lacemakers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. She teaches at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

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Take what’s unearthed—copper, bone
needle, silver coins—as evidence of continuous
human presence. Such puzzling
detritus and handiwork: this bronze 
ear pick etched with fine cross-hatch or that 
female figurine of painted clay, “meaning 
unknown,”
poem
Now the wire is bare; now it's sheathed 
in blackbirds, a magic that undoes me 
every time: how they alight or rise 
like iron filings drawn by a magnet. 
What purpose to this synchronous eruption
 
but beauty? And yet, beneath such wonder,