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Milkweed

retorno.
MONTREAL, where the earring on a bough
is genuine chrysalis. Bon courage!
The milkweed it's fed on renders it
poison. In lieu of camouflage.

Epic

de tribus d'origine asiatique
and am part Thracian or Macedonian,
cleaving to a Hellenic mystique
after centuries of migration inland.

The alcove in which we embrace
is cool with brilliant tile
and weirded by a dove's note; chase
of ouzo with Uzi, junta-style.
History makes its noise; we duck
till it passes. Love we think is our due.
Not, we think, like the epoch,
the unchosen thing we're wedded to.


Ange Mlinko

Distant Mandate
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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