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Devon Balwit

track 1


the cloud lodges

its claw.


bolted to bulk

and rust,


your heart

chuffs you farther.


dirty windows



identical fields.



fix lonely

eyes on you.


they sidle closer

then away


like strays.



track 2


one blue wall halts

the suicide


who considers its facsimile

of sky, matching


the color

to an inner wheel,


an azure bead,

a childhood marble,


battlefield summers



in the eyes

of the fallen.



Track 4


crow enlists crow

to divebomb


my dog,



the long field

after his ball.


he would never attack

their fledglings,


bred too dumb

to know



bred so meek


that, nightly,

he accepts


the fearsome pressure

of my body.


the crows

would do better


to turn talons

on me,


the truly


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Devon Balwit's most recent collection is titled A Brief Way to Identify a Body (Ursus Americanus Press). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, Fifth Wednesday (on-line), apt, Grist, and Rattle among others. For more on her book and movie reviews, chapbooks, poetry collections and individual works, see her website at:

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