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After Carver

by Mark Melnicove


Two mites are copulating
on page 15
of Raymond Carver’s

Where Water
Comes Together
With Other Water

No bigger
than exclamation points
they are oblivious

to my mug
as they combine
on top of his lines

“She covers
his fingers
with kisses.”

In all societies
love is transitory—
so pleasure

your mate
before the page
is turned

and pressed

 

Mark Melnicove is the author of Foreign Policy, Advanced Memories, Africa Is Not a Country, and The Uncensored Guide to Maine. He has published, performed with, and made films about Bern Porter. He teaches creative writing and permaculture at Falmouth High School, Falmouth, Maine. (9/2012)


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