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Peter Streckfus

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Peter Streckfus (born 1969, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American poet. His first book, The Cuckoo, won the 2003 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, chosen by Louise Glück. His second book, Errings, won Fordham University Press's 2013 POL Editor's Prize. His honors include the 2013-14 Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. He is a professor of English at George Mason University. more »

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Purgatorio

Come to the surface of the screen with your piscine light
and oxygen holes and press for moments
against the page—as if seeking to pass through it.
Make with the trunk of your body the third letter—
in a motion move the ends of your face and caudal fin
each to your right, toward each other — C.
Toward the third hour on your axis—
and in the same motion sweep your trunk back,
tail beat pushing through the ninth hour, moving you
headfirst in the new direction and off the screen—
this movement follow with movement of more bodies,
simultaneous, ...

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