Your Bright Hand

by E. J. Garcia

selected by Gerald Stern

The book a dark museum, full of dangerous things,
        beautiful machines, beings who turn their faces with
        a wash of wings to another face.
The dark gradations of vines climbing over stone, colored
        leaves flickering and beneath them clean red stems
        and the blue berries soft and deadly, but I want to taste
        them--sour or sweet--sharp or flat.
The mad enticing geometry of colored pictures, who turn
        on their side to show a tattooed back, who turn their
        hand to show a claw.


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