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Donna Masini

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Donna Masini is the author of Turning to Fiction (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) and That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. She teaches at Hunter College, City University of New York, and lives in New York City.

by this poet

It’s like ants
and more ants.

West, east
their little axes

hack and tease.
Your sins. Your back taxes.

This is your Etna,					
your senate						
of dread, at the axis					
of reason, your taxi					
to hell. You see
your past tense—

and next? A nest
of jittery ties.

You’re ill at ease,