Trio House Press
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Flight of August by Lawrence Eby


Winner of the 2013 Louise Bogan Award, selected by Joan Houlihan
Lawrence Eby writes from southern California and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at California State University, San Bernardino. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Black Tongue Review, Poetry Quarterly, Thrush Poetry Journal, Apercus Quarterly, Superstition Review, and Passages North, as well as others. In 2012, his poems in response to aerial bombings were shortlisted for Poets & Writers California Writers' Exchange award. He is a founding member of PoetrIE, southern California's Inland Empire-based literary community and Editor-in-Chief of Orange Monkey Publishing, a small poetry press. He also volunteers his time as Ghost Town's poetry editor, and as chair of Inlandia's Board of Publications.

2.

 

Meander the bucket over, pour

                        the fire out, our

                        smokeless need to stealth

                        in desert, our smoke-

 

filled bodies. The body is,

it is asking, a pass between

the bushes, a hideaway

 

in an attic. What happens when

                        you become a refugee

                        to the earth itself? These

                        bundled things walking

           

for friction, there’s a destination

over the next mountain

pass. Freeways kneel

 

and hold their arms out for

collapse for collapse.