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2003-09-01

George Reeves (b. George Keefer Brewer)
B. Woostock, Iowa 1.5.14 / D. 6.16.59 Los Angeles
Gunshot to Head

I built an iron bottom for August.
Wrapped it in iron bars and wired an alarm.
After thirty days there was to be a sound like a gong.
Then one two three four five days more, a weekend more, and more
August would unspool
undifferentiated August
still August, with every sunrise.
I wrote it down for the front page of every morning paper:
“The date? Approximate!”
No question: the popularity of August thirty-ish would be assured
and an indefinitely extended August, possible.
No one would mind.
“Still August: Nowhere Else To Go.”
And while the world relaxed, I’d be in flight
a scavenger of blasted bridge spans
sunken trawlers
gibbering mad satellites:
Look up! That’s me,
neither bird nor plane
just a conscientious super-ego
hauling heavy wreckage to the end of August.
All to no avail.
With a sickening crunch
time snapped.
September came.

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