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Michelle Chan Brown

BPR 42 | 2015

Winner of the 2015 Collins Prize

So the river froze over
the larks.

So you speed-skate,
blow grief as if thought-

bubble. Ceaseless activity, making
sweat stains

for your brand
of morose. You hammer

hutches for the sly,

down animal
chewing behind your soul.

Dramatic goddess
is she who knows no limits

to the spread.
She considers drought death

for a commoner.
Sanction, for the foreigners.

Come home.
This season,

eat and sing and drink
with a tongue strapped back

by a taut ribbon, sized.