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  April 2014
volume 11 number 1
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  Scott Alexander
  Shawn Aveningo
  Jonathan Beale
  Jack G. Bowman
  Betsy Burke
  Matt Burns
  Shibani Chattopadhyay
  Rachel Coventry
  Tyler Dupuis
  Allison Grayhurst
  John Grochalski
  Hedy Habra
  Samantha Henderson
  Augustus Invictus
  Natalie Itzhaki
  Scott Jacobson
  Alex Johnson
  Mikel K
  Craig Kurtz
  Phillip Larrea
  N.M. Leepsa
  Anthony Magistrale
  Brendan McCormack
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Philip ONeil
  Ebi Robert
  Walter Ruhlmann
  April Salzano
  Jake Sheff
  Rishan Singh
  Julia Stein
  Allen Taylor
  Paul Tristram
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Claire Walker
  Viola Weinberg
  Claire Williams
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Anthony Magistrale
April 2014



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Anthony Magistrale is a professor in the English department at the University of Vermont. His most recent book of poetry is entitled Entanglements (© 2013 Fomite Press in 2013).



In the Hospital

Soundlessly atop oversized paws
they come tumbling into the room
that fills instantly to the brim,
their leashes tangled around each other
like tinsel on a tree, a half
dozen yellow plush toys. They are accustomed
to kids bestowing hugs and kisses
just for showing up; their inclusion
in the world enough to make you recall
Blakes somber quandary over tiger
and lamb, to wonder how
these ethereal beings could possibly
coexist alongside the scope of misery
they have come to relieve.

copyright 2014 Anthony Magistrale