Treasure Island

Brian Maloney

(11/10/86 / Columbus, Ohio)

Poems of Brian Maloney

1. (To be named later) 11/10/2010
2. Air and Water Show 1/20/2009
3. Caution 11/19/2006
4. Chicago Sestina 12/11/2006
5. On Dealing with Loss... 6/1/2011
6. The Defense of the Star-Spangled Banner 2/5/2012
7. To My Posterity 11/19/2006

Chicago Sestina

I am surprised by the streets of Chicago
when the palm of winter grips them with snow
as if to forgive the city’s mistakes
and give it a canvas that’s new, white, and clean–
its fingers, the branches on all of the trees
kneading the air that blows in from the lake.

I’ve never lived next to the pulse of the lake
(until I set foot down the side of Chicago)

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