about the author

John McKernan is now a retired comma herder. He lives—mostly—in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust. He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines.

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John McKernan

Has slithered
Into my body

You are . . .
The side show

He says

My elbows
Move over . . .
Open both eyes . . .

I want you
To drink lots of milk
& turn all the lights off
I want to see how
This shadow fits inside you

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