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"Sharpness of Knives" 

Poetry

The gristle in this meat is killing us

with kindness, its fatness quaint

in 2008 as the days

swindle into unexpected darkness,

sharpness of knives kept in a safe.

Kindness has limits we have to obey.

The clock holds out its hands to us —

time appears to bend our way.

We watch it fly out a closed window

to the day before yesterday.

Given the chance to live again, do.

Remember that October the trees turned

redder than your ass in the shower?

I wouldn’t want to give up either.


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From Chaos Is the New Calm by Wyn Cooper, BOA Editions, 70 pages. $16. www.wyncooper.com

Wyn Cooper of Halifax, Vermont has published four books of poems. In 1993, his poem “Fun” was turned into Sheryl Crow’s Grammy-winning song, “All I Wanna Do.”

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Wyn Cooper

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