my hometown, north of here, withers along a lake but i’m used to leaving it, this time following the guard to a small hot room covered with time clocks. steam machines hiss, saws bark and choke, wire service tickets clatter, the day starts babbling. i usually work in a musical format but the office is full of arithmetic dressed in powdered wigs, rouged cheeks paling under the display model of a hydrocarbon. loud perfume of starch and bleaching fluid, redundant stories run by compressed air pumps. the idea is always make a tree into a log, a log into a plank
“redundant” from POETICS FOR THE MORE-THAN-HUMAN WORLD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY & COMMENTARY.
Published by Spuyten Duyvil on November 12, 2020.
Copyright © 2020 by Lesley Battler.
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Lesley Battler’s debut book of poetry, Endangered Hydrocarbons, was published by Book*hug (BookThug) in 2015. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetics for the More-Than-Human-World, published in 2021. She has worked as a telecommunications librarian, corporate writer, information manager, and archivist in Toronto, Montréal and Calgary. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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—Charles Altieri, Stageberg Professor of English, UC Berkeley
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