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Jon Gertz lives in Louisville, KY, where he follows many current trends. He has appeared previously in the Saw Mill.

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standing at the kitchen sink, washing knives

Jon Gertz

your body
in my arms—a flock of sparrows
chasing a crow
you are a chest of drawers
I open holding
the lungs the bladder fragile
as tissue holding you together
my cheek on the crown of your head
you are the smell in the closet
I hide in you
are dirty tissue piling up
in the trash
holding you together
you are exposed
tree roots and
everything is going
into the ground.

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