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On Learning the Galaxy Take Both Cash and Credit
Kelli Russell Agodon 

I admit when I’ve had a little too much
to drink I love our inadequacies.

The pockets of the universe do not hold us—
like coins we slip through its unraveling seams.

Don’t pretend the universe isn’t unstitching itself
from our anxieties, it’s tired of the party dresses

we made from waxwings, how we suck up the sea
just because we want a little salt on our lips.

It’s true last week I learned I had money
in Idaho, though I’ve never been to Idaho,

there are states we avoid—manic, delusion,
—I’ve got portfolios in all the capitols,

I’ve bought Boardwalk with two donuts
and broken whistle.

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I’m standing on the corner with my top hat
and a sign: Will write poems for cashmere.

My hands in the universe’s pockets
trying to collect its last dime.

Kelli Russell Agodon was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Prize in Poetry for her most recent book, Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014). Agodon’s other books include The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice and Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry and also a Washington State Book Award Finalist. Agodon is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women in Washington State.

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Moss is a journal of writing from the Pacific Northwest. Published annually in print, Moss is dedicated to exploring the intersection of place and creative expression, while exposing the region’s outstanding writers to a broad audience of readers, critics, and publishers.

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