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Sandra Kolankiewic’s poems and stories have appeared most recently in New World Writing, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, Fifth Wednesday, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the Black River Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press will soon be publishing The Way You Will Go.

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The airliner is still flying over
          the night, whether aimlessly or not we’ll
never know. The Pacific Ocean lasts
          forever. Likewise, those buildings. I don’t
care what they say: bumpety bump is not
          the way a tower should come down. Doesn’t
anything melt and lean anymore? No
          fun going to the moon; the Shumizu
Construction Company is already
          there with water. Did you know they have made
concrete out of moon dust? No one’s talking
          about their Apollo rockets. Instead, we’re
watching tenement fires, broken liquor
          store windows from fifty years ago, when
all the deals went down in the back like they’re
          supposed to, instead of on the evening
news or in the empty Senate chamber.
          Malaysia will never appear on the
horizon, and angry dragonflies crash
          into whatever gets in their way come
September, still weeks of summer to go,
          useless for anything except waiting.

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