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Roger Reeves

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Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves's first book, King Me, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize and a John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. His second collection of poetry, On Paradise, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Reeves has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the National Endowment for the Arts. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and a Whiting Award, Reeves was a Hodder Fellow from 2014 to 2015 at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He lives in Austin, Texas.


Roger Reeves: P.O.P

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The moths in the orchard squeal
with each pass of the mistral wind.
Yet the reapers and their scythes,
out beyond the pear trees, slay wheat
in sure columns. Christ
must have been made of shocks
of wheat. When they lashed him,
four bundles of fine yellow burst forth
from each

                It turns out however that I was deeply
Mistaken about the end of the world
        	The body in flames will not be the body
In flames but just a house fire ignored
        	The black sails of that solitary burning
Boat rubbing along the legs of lovers
        	Flung into a Roman sky by a carousel