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Frank X. Gaspar

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Frank X. Gaspar is the author of Late Rapturous (Autumn House Press, 2012), Night of a Thousand Blossoms (Alice James Books, 2004), and A Field Guide to the Heavens (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), winner of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University in Oregon.

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from an illustration of Babylonian sculpture

The king and his queen are feasting.
They recline, sumptuously, on long divans
and are attended by naked servants. They
can have anything they want, this much is
clear, and I believe they have been having
sex with one another and with the