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Then They Ate Their Horses

Poetry Lisa Olstein

Every so many seconds, a bomb
goes off, a car veers, a needle enters.
Every so many seconds, a murmur
somewhere in a tunnel collapsing.
Once the liquid womb, now
a different ocean pressing.
Reverse it, put back the blood
on the inside of skin, call back
the blooming skirts, sweep the throat
clean  [...]

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Issue 25



Winter 2017


Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, including Late Empire, which is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. The recipient of fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, she is a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.


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