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Vulture, by Stan Sanvel Rubin

regularity and symmetry…are amongst the
primordial needs of the human soul

        –Baudelaire, Journaux Intimes

Standing elsewhere, I look at myself
and record what’s missing
not with my eyes, so, much,
but with the mind that circles mountains
and returns, and returns like a wind
wanting to be sure it hasn’t
missed anything before seeking
the next desert, the calcified bones.

This is a space nothing fills.
This is a horizon without remonstrance.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.

Stan Sanvel Rubin’s third full-length collection titled, Hidden Sequel (2006), won the Barrow Street Book Prize in 2005. His works have been included in the anthology, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, published by the Oregon State University Press. Rubin also writes essay-reviews of poetry for Water-Stone Review .

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