The American Journal of Poetry
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Rachel Luebke

The Muse's Baboons

Moons float to the uncertain surface and complain
of indigestion,
poets spring up like razors out of a peaceful night.
They delight in eyes and do not see the black within

themselves or anyone else:
          words are a stain on pure understanding
when they put them in their mouths because they feel alone.

Moonlight calls and the window flinches
but they see only their reflection on the dusty glass:
squatting in the corner, conjuring horizons of mercury and wet


They grunt and coo over meanings they themselves have forged,
and think themselves masters of their own blood and bones,
          but the temporary river belongs to no one.




RACHEL LUEBKE studies English at Maryville University in St. Louis. This is her first publication in a national review.



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