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Andrew Seguin


      	On this day when
the clocks follow the concentric
      	tempo of a top

and the verb to be
      	has worn off its costume
so the tongue can pick a place

      	among pictures, touch
the unsung repose of shut
      	it’s like the spring is one

powder keg of pretty
      	and all the math that felt
unnatural adds up to up

      	So stay with me
and stir paint for definitions
      	give red to melancholy

for all I care
      	for all I am is care lost
in a cornfield where it seeks

      	accord, as love
is as much about a person
      	as the atmosphere they create

around your coordinates
      	the admissions parlor
the family tree where dinner is religion

      	No one ever asks
about figments of reality
      	but they’re there

confetti and metaphysics
      	make a fine pair, as do
lemon and ocean, progress, nocturne

      	plus other approximate
pronouns such as you and I
      	and the only chronological

constants worth a dance
      	the two-step we ones
call on and on


Andrew Seguin is a poet and photographer. He is the author of Black Anecdote, a chapbook that was selected by Rosanna Warren as a winner of the Poetry Society of America’s New York Chapbook Fellowship. His poems have appeared widely in literary magazines, including in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, horse less review, LIT and Map Literary, and he has contributed work to the New York Botanical Garden’s Literary Audio Tour. His most recent photographic work, The Whale in the Margin, a series of cyanotypes inspired by Moby-Dick, has appeared in galleries in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New York City; and Lexington, Virginia.


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