Education: A Poem

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Education: A Poem

Snuffle
pig. Creaky pink
door. Crumblefoot.
Chubbery bean. Gurgler.
And Paul says, the very thing
that would destroy a fish
is its desire to graze
on the hills like sheep.
When I pick you up
your eyes go agog
startled and smiling
and nowhere
are our animals more
evident. I rest you manifold
in the hollow of my palm
and now here
I am standing on the other
side of death, throat
open as a singing door, you
the one who puts us
here, here, the grounding where
I fear not life and love
the living.

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is a poet and the co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, a writing program and consultancy for autistic writers. His latest book, The Falling Down Dance, is an exploration of song, failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood. Chris will be a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College in 2016.

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