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Chad Davidson

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Chad Davidson
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Chad Davidson is the author of From the Fire Hills (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), The Last Predicta (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008), and Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), and the coauthor, with John Poch, of Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection (St. Martin’s Press, 2006). He teaches at the University of West Georgia and lives in Carrollton, Georgia.

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In the pewless church of San Juan Chula,
a Neocatholic Tzozil Indian
wrings a chicken’s neck. Through piñoned air,

stars from tourist flashbulbs flame, reflecting 
in the reddened eyes, in the mirrors
statuary cling to, inside their plate-

glass boxes. A mother fills a shot-
glass with fire. Others offer up
She must be milked every morning so that she will produce milk, and the milk must be 
boiled in order to be mixed with coffee to make coffee and milk.
			—Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Imagine the years being sucked out 
of you, the losses so numerous 
you counted gains instead:
They know that death is merely of the body
not the species, know that their putrid chitin
is always memorable. We call them ugly
with their blackened exoskeletons,
their wall-crawlings as we paw at them.
Extreme adaptability, we say.
And where there’s one there’s probably a million
more who lie and laugh