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Twin Star Rocket

Aug. 27, 2013
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Riding north from Texas

on the Rock Island Line, refineries

turn the night into

a fume-filled dance of flaming lights,

a necromancy of oil

conjured up from ancient plants

and single-celled

animals, so this train can lurch

and sway to the heft of passenger

cars, startle us

with a morning that opens

to sunflowers and black-eyed susans

oscillating in the breeze,

facing east, as if davening

to the rising sun.



Martha Kaplan is a Pushcart nominated Madison poet whose work can be found in Blue Unicorn, Verse Wisconsin, Hummingbird, Hospital Drive, and Möbius The Poetry Magazine, Little eagle’s RE/ VERSE, and elsewhere.  She is currently working on a manuscript including poetry related to her experiences living in Texas during the sixties




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