ENTARTETE KUNST



Into the measureless book,                        
without knowing anything
different, at the first
light on the first day
of their time on this shining earth,
they signed (even then,
painted?)
their names

             *

                     Like everyone
you ever loved

standing
in a winter field making love

standing up, not touching:
impossible

to see          crack and char
in the museum
in your imagination             with your eyes


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Jake Bauer's poetry has been recently published or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio; Threepenny Review; Thrush; Poetry Northwest; The Bennington Review; and Diagram; among others.