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Published: Thu Jul 1 2004
Eva Lundsager, Were now like (detail), 2021, oil on canvas

A program on the loss of hearing
showed some twenty inner ears

removed and gridded nicelyon a sheet so connections

between listening and the oceanmight be established

along with water off the house walls
flies from the ointments

the beeping machines that write
the heart’s monotonous letters

history with its granite and forgivenesswhile amid the orchard alcohols

the hornets spoke like terrorists
from the downed apples

Allan Peterson is a poet and visual artist. He has published two books of poetry and multiple chapbooks. His poetry has been published in the Boston Review, New South, AGNI, and other journals. (updated 6/2010)

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