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Heather Christle

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Heather Christle

Heather Christle is the author of the poetry collections Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press, 2015) and What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

by this poet

For years I have seen
dead animals on the highway
and grieved for them
only to realize they are
not dead animals
they are t shirts
or bits of blown tire
and I have found
myself with this
This tree has a small LED display 
It is glowing and it can show you words 
and it can show you pictures and it can melt 
from one choice to another and you are looking at it 
and it wants you to share the message 
but it can't see that you are the only one around 
and that everyone else is hibernating 
It was the military
        coming together

on paper under glass

to shine on me! they
        called me

        damp thing it was
my name coming

together under orders

nothing would go

they said
        they said

under orders     after death
all things must shine