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by F. Daniel Rzicznek


A soldier strips a uniform

from an enemy body, saves it,

wraps it up and folds it away

in a drawer and shows it

to guests for the rest of his life—

like the pool of shade

once cast by the pine cut down

last week, even the stump

drilled out and taken.

The pine’s grosbeaks still

trouble our gutters, not yet

understanding the body's absence.


F. Daniel Rzicznek's books of poetry are Settlers (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press), and he is coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Bennington Review, Conjunctions (online), Barrow Street, Prelude, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.


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