The bad little brother of the Aurorean

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[one_half last=”yes” class=”” id=””]SPRING 2016[/one_half]

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Unfinished

he started the book and the leaves curled to embrace him
sent tendrils in curlicues to bind his wrists, insisting
it’s only a book, years later
still watering its pages and feeding it flies.

inside the man bloomed a story that wouldn’t die
grew helplessly parasitic and devoured his days
to the consternation of neighbors who shook their heads at his dreams
talked about how his roof was falling apart.

 

When We Go

the robots are busy cleaning up after us:
the dust in the rugs, the dander on the couch
the tangles of hair left in the blankets
the corpses piled n the doorway. everything

is sucked up by evidence-erasing nozzles
poured into black garbage bags
separated and incinerated.

eventually, there will be nothing left
but manicured lawns
and empty houses with sparkling countertops
perfectly-made beds.


Bio

[highlight color=”” rounded=”no” class=”” id=””]Holly Day[/highlight] has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota, since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of. Her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.