head out window on
the baptism highway

shake tall
out of my
loving you
down far down
far far down by a
rock at the water
finish cooking soup with
violins everything could use
a melody to set it right
mitigate suffering you
care you
cannot with
success deny
needing violins
okay trombones the
trombones enter the
pasta entering our bodies
the microscope shows
there is song between the grains
the wind the wheat endured is
a taste the
carries forward
immersion of
hours through a
loosening bone
we are without the
timing of the beetle
a sound that cannot
get to where we left
our homes in shame

CAConrad is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD Press, 2012), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE Books, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 BANFF Fellow. Visit him at

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