Today's poem is by Hailey Leithauser


Minimal fishes,
I sing to your inch length, muddy-colored
      never glimmering; name you
          nothing bright or numinous,
      oceanic or ambitious;
          whisper (lung-fat sister I) be not pan-cook
sought, but persist, deficient tenant of the hook.

Copyright © 2013 Hailey Leithauser All rights reserved
from River Styx
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