Thursday, May 1, 2014


By Kay Ryan
The wreck   
is a fact.   
The worst   
has happened.   
The salvage trucks   
back in and   
the salvage men   
begin to sort   
and stack,   
whistling as   
they work.   
Thanks be   
to god—again—   
for extractable elements   
which are not   
carriers of pain,   
for this periodic   
table at which   
the self-taught   
salvagers disassemble   
the unthinkable   
to the unthought.

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