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Each of the hunters, one daring the next, unzippers to fuck and bear his flesh-hard tool down into fresh kill, the warm, sexual pouch. Page 78 The rest of the kingdom sniff, back off. For a while. At least for these moments while men lean into what's changing to carcass, the sun setting, earth rolling over into night. Page 79 FIVE Page 81 Terrestrial Imagine this green planet moving steadily through space, macaws clutching wet banana leaves, and elephants planted firmly on earth as it spins. Speechless, the animals beat across the wild plains, never taking stock of balance or reflection peering back from the drinking hole.
She's turning, changing. Her hands fatten, pinken, and grow small. And I am seeing you, the groom, only minutes into your years: how soft and irretrievable each of your fingers is. The wedding veil shifts and magnifies. We both drew in our breaths and looked away. It echoes in the stillness after words, the narrative welling up in your eyes like a hollowness that follows the hunting dog after he raises his eyes, then voice to the yellow moon. And it magnifies in the eyes of those no longer young as they take on heavy faces the slow, puckering thread of age stitching loosely across the mirror.
Do you ever know what you want? I nodded, thinking no as you went on explaining me to me like that. Page 15 Water Translation Today it's a dusty sun and I think of rain on my thighs, cold liquid in my mouth. The corn rows are wasting away in this dry noon of gnats. I feel it and say oranges to the blue field heat. I tell you that one summer, all summer, I rolled that waxy fruit in my palms, pushing a long straw down deep. I squeezed and sucked up the opening globes of juice and at night the salt marsh sounded with breed, breed.