THE THORN PULLER
annihilation. The best indoctrination we can think of.
up under eaves. The walls outside bulge. The deck is
Square song in a cage is a tactic for her. Tick-tick
breaks the stay. Locution, apparition takes a picture of the sprite
a cardinal. The greybird floats by first, knocking
twig in his beak. Tiny backyard beauty: the worst we
The title of this piece refers to a Roman bronze statue called the Spinario (sometimes also called the Thorn Puller), thought to be from around the first century BC. The poem came about partly from observations of my own backyard as well as my ongoing obsession with birds.