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R L Swihart currently lives in Long Beach, CA, and teaches high school mathematics in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in various online and print journals, including Barnwood Magazine, Bateau, elimae, Rhino, and 1110. His first collection of poems, The Last Man, was published in 2012 by Desperanto Press.


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R L Swihart



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Where do the true Troy and Eliot’s Waste Land exist?
—Zbigniew Herbert

1.
Canada or Canadian. Decoys until a squeezebox squawks

2.
H. spent an hour shuffling through aerial photographs trying to determine
whether the anchored and wingless boat had turned

H. took an entire morning splashing the cross-beams with gull droppings
and getting the icy fretwork right

3.
A drowned sign, partially covered with sand, teased him with meaning





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