Chief of Coffins

I

in

coffins

lie
a
s

a
blanket on a

chief

I think
about
giving
a
news conference
Renewed
by the

privacy and dignity
of the dead

I

demur
But

Ill be perfectly honest,
a division

from the

dead
is a

conclusion that we should not
presume
; we should
let them

lace

the
swift

s
t
r
e
e
t
s

What is the
casket
other than

a can to

cook hot dogs in


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Ezekiel Black is a Lecturer of English at The University of North Georgia. Before this position, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Verse, Sonora Review, Tarpaulin Sky, InDigest, Drunken Boat, CutBank, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Barrelhouse Magazine, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, BOAAT, and elsewhere. Lastly, he edits the audio journal for experimental poetry Pismire.