Robert McKay is from Burlington, Vermont. His first collection is Cities of rain (Honeybee Press,2012) . Recent poems appear in Existere, ditch, Siren, OccuPoetry, Measure, and others, and criticism in Vermont Digger and The Occupied Oakland Tribune. He is associate editor of The Salon, a letterpress journal. more »
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(English lesson plan for new Americans)
- Characters. For instance: migratory birds whose calligraphy may be magnetic but may just as easily come from outer space.
- Beginning middle end. In the geologic migration of Time, the antecedents of birds are reptiles. The heirs of birds are automobiles. The heirs of automobiles are fossils. The heirs of fossils are birds.
- Problem. Or, a garden that doesn't turn out to grow vegetables, but teeth.
- Exciting middle. Like, for example, the exciting middle, the fat, actually enormous, completely bogus, middle of this ...