about the authors

Anhvu Buchanan is the author of The Disordered (sunnyoutside press, 2013) and Backhanded Compliments & Other Ways to Say I Love You (Works on Paper Press, 2014), and Which Way to Go or Here (Platypus Press, 2016) co-written with Brent Piller. He currently teaches in Berkeley and can be found online at anhvubuchanan.com.

Brent Piller is the co-author (along with Anhvu Buchanan) of the mini-chapbook Which Way to Go or Here (Platypus Press, 2016). His poems have appeared recently in or forthcoming in (b)OINK, Gramma, Wildness, Reservoir, and Yellow Chair Review. He can be reached at brent.piller@gmail.com.

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One of These Is Unlike the Other

Anhvu Buchanan & Brent Piller

When did night die? I heard once that a broken dove is right two times a day. I cut up my memory into pieces of snake slithering away. I am together and I am once upon a time. I came here to tell you I will never come here again. We are at war again, my body and my baggage. I put a down payment on my future body bag. One of these is unlike the other: A sparrow’s first touch, origami lost in the night, the first first, a lagoon’s yearning, the second first, what hope followed the first dropped bomb. I believe in the postcards that live on my tongue, the never sent not again. Behind my eyes, it’s snowing stamps and shattered glass.

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