Amy King


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Amy King grew up in Georgia and now spends much of her time in Brooklyn and Baltimore. She teaches English at Nassau Community College on Long Island, and her first collection, Antidotes for an Alibi, is available through Blazevox [books] (www.blazevox.org/books/ak.htm) . more »

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My Panel At The Conference

I leak giraffes from my inner pores.
They feed on tree
leaves from my upper branches.
Public promoters of secrets
tell our skies to spread
over pausing smiles, chewing shadows in doubt.
Thus a postage stamp mind
much like the one I inhabit
follows the trappings of city-born flies.
These giraffes swallow my winged carcass
bark and reach toward the rafters
holding down each conference
member in fixed positions.
They spread their lips wide in reply
as if by nature’s order they
form a panel,
napkin-folded boats on plates.
When you sneeze in ...

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