Clean ranks, I

dreamed, my un-

der water sudsing:

 

rank with dense

order, rowed

to stuck

 

Turned in, step

stopped, forward

halt, muzzled . . .

 

 

Break with:

cut out, without

leave, let it rain

 

on, disperse,

get out

of line—

 

 

 

martha collinsMartha Collins is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006).  She has also published three collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013).  She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press.

 

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