"charlier parker in the Ozarks"

C. Violet Eaton


Something settled within man

at night, late - huge

alphabet - drifted like

a spore & hid growing

in the dark  

                      way Out

in the far dark tropics

Thailand or brazil

the ant's brain compels it

- seized by a fungus - to

climb the spire   cleat the vein


the idea erupts - protuberant horn

& blown loud out the crown

swollen opens its umbrella :

   a rain Come from the underside

canopy to carpet

One drop named for each year

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Author Bio: C. Violet Eaton is a poet in Arkansas. He is the author of Quartet (Ahsahta, forthcoming 2018), & Some Habits (Omnidawn, 2015).