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Epimetheus in the Shower
Megan Snyder-Camp 

Like a Boss, his t-shirt said
before he gave it away. Gave fur

to squirrels, night vision to foxes. Gave away
everything: the marsh-reeds

drinking water, the radiant soil unbinding
metal from mica. The circular hearts of rabbits

the looking in of peacocks. The names themselves
glossy stones. Leaving us naked, emptyhanded, with only fire

and a machine like a loader
to shave it all down.

I used to shave him down
every week, running the oiled blade

across his turning head. I kept him neat.
His work scattered through the yard, bulbs

pressing up through cardboard boxes. If I had not forced you out here
whose would you be now. Your ex builds a balloon archway

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in her yard with holiday colors. A regional skill
like terror, like folding. Kitty litter is what we need now

the school newsletter says, for the children when it isn’t safe.
A few of us mail kitty litter to our senators. A regional movement,

a plate slipping over under. A tongue. I say one more year
you say over or under. We hunted them, my son says,

the Neanderthals are gone
because we hunted them.

Megan Snyder-Camp is the author of three collections of poetry: The Forest of Sure Things (Tupelo Press, 2010), Wintering (Tupelo Press, 2016), and The Gunnywolf (Bear Star Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Sonora Review, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist grant from 4Culture as well as residencies and scholarships at Djerassi, Bread Loaf, and the Espy Foundation. She lives in Seattle.

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