The Fact The Plot

The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Michael Bazzett

that you are you and I am I is no less stun­ning for be­ing com­mon­place.

The bronchial ar­chi­tec­ture of our breath holds the mem­ory of trees.

All cre­ation fun­nels into and through our bod­ies. This is true of ev­ery­one who en­coun­ters these words. Ex­cept

for the one of you who hap­pens to be the aber­rant repli­ca­tion. And what is un­nerv­ing

is that even as you read these words, you are still con­vinced you are hu­man.

This was the clever twist they in­fused into the new con­scious­ness to echo the old con­scious­ness

and why the sad­ness you some­times feel is hard to lo­cate, why you read po­ems in the first place,

look­ing again and again for what can­not pos­si­bly be there.

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