Poetry | December 01, 2008

Featuring the poems:

  • The Ringmaster
  • The Contortionist
  • The Clown
  • The Fortune-Teller
  • The Acrobat
  • The Magician
  • The Roustabout
  • The Audience


The Magician

Stars on his fingernails, sky in his hair, breath of the sea in his voice.

His father sailed west on an Ottoman clipper, journey of the Magus

from Constantinople. The magician knows the world, feels its blind

dominions held tight in the sleight of his hand. We stumble through

the world like drunk men in a fog, outstretched arms clutching at the

air. Now you see it, now you don’t — then he takes your breath away.

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