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This poem appeared in the July 1995 issue of M.E.N. Magazine


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This poem, appearing first in M.E.N. Magazine and MenWeb, appears in T.A. Delmore's first book of poetry, Ecllipsing F: Crow Poems in Three Parts
Eclipsing Crow book cover

The dead pigeon

excavated, on its back.

I know this work

the finished meal.

Toiling crow ate this carcass

hopping between car, bus.

Full, they flew

leaving this hole

on the street

where leaves and air

will not meet.

Legs bent up

seem attached to yesterday.

And the sound of pigeon bones, crushed

by my foot, shattered like terracotta pots.

T.A. Delmore


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