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Dan Rosenberg

To strike, / bite the outlet / with a bright / face of teeth.


Epithalamion

Rings spark
in the high-five

of love.
The slap & sting.

Here's a
deal: I'll be

here, heart
beating & after

the end we'll
surrender.

Origins

The stop sign
makes stops, starts.

Wire becomes
serpent when

it sparks. To speak,
exhale. It exits.

To exist,
be a serpent

coiled, not curled.
To strike,

bite the outlet
with a bright

face of teeth.
To talk. A tree.

All hanging
is wall hanging.

The wall drops
the roof.


Dan Rosenberg's first book, The Crushing Organ, won the 2011 American Poetry Journal Book Prize and is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press. Recent poems have appeared in several magazines, including American Letters & Commentary, Unstuck, and Gulf Coast. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is co-editor at Transom, the online journal of poetry and translation, and a Ph.D. student at UGA in Athens, GA.