ECLOGUE: THE OLSEN TWINS
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
we admire their swain chemises
Nars Bysance: iridescent iris. We pestle
we do not judge Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
from their champagne-lacquer
We do not believe
Not the first time
against persons implausible.
ECLOGUE: WHERE WERE WE
I don’t mean talking,
they all look the same.
Ask that guy in the sawdust pants,
say we’re lost,
Say we’re looking
Everyone says: look at the lighthouse.
We’re lost, & likely my doing,
there only once
wound back to the same old square.
Here seems different.
Colorless cities named Beryl
Time for tricks, Booger,
Let’s rummage through our finchwing clutches.
to get us out of this one,
LOOK! I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW!
Peach-legged egrets the size of cattle are swooping
Even Abuelita has found a bunny that fidgets
A Danish man in a red sweater adds plums
But oh for a taste of that drink, of the fruit in that basket!
Michael Snediker is Assistant Professor of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. His poems have appeared in journals including Black Warrior Review, Court Green, crazyhorse, cream city review, and Pleiades. His poetry manuscripts have been finalists or semifinalists for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, Alice James Press, and Pleiades Press. His book, Queer Optimism, is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press. He was the Fall 2006 James Merrill Writer-in-Residence.