Switched-on Gutenberg Issue 16
By Alexander Calder

Bird wears a mask, the past                 
’s black feathers, blue
tinsmith’s coro-
net, blood
down to
the throat of
the heart
(the heat
the hurt)—
and what
if the body is
nothing but
an eight-ounce can
running on empty—
spirit too is a fly-
by-night contraption (made
of newspaper wings? a murder
trial maybe? scores
from the sports page?)
We curl and yellow
with stasis and age
but invention is our genius
our ticket to drift —
A thin
woven cord holds
the bird up, makes him
think he can fly.
An eye
like a gasoline


Box Construction (55 Bird Skulls)
Copyright 2010, David Francis

Copyright 2010,  Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008), as well as eight small press collections, and the electronic chapbooks "Cassiopeia Above the Banyan Tree," “Poems About Hawaii” (Mudlark No. 33) and "The Limbo Suite" (Mudlark No. 38). She recently completed a second full-length collection, "Ghostfire".

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