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Ariana Reines

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Ariana Reines is the author of Mercury (Fence Books, 2011). She has taught at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Tufts University, and now works as an astrologer. She lives in Queens, New York.

by this poet

Only one grass whistles out the tooth of my horse
And the moon drops fast behind the fences
And the wheat lolls back
And waits for death

I could see the sea from where I was
My mesh hat shone blue

The jagged cheek of Gibraltar
Solid, sucked in the mouth and never melting
Where my dog’s warm underleg soothes