an erasure of Moo, page 31, by Jane Smiley
Our different desires
limitless desire to own
strive for steak tomorrow a tomato
next day Chicken Kiev. This
is what made us interesting. Goods were
good, quantified, genuine, insatiable.
Put us into different worlds,
balance our atoms in perfect humanness.
The spirit may be willing, but the flesh
of consumption could
jump from galaxies.
You thought there
was more out there,
farther away than anyone
for getting ahead.
Liam Strong is a bisexual poet from Northern Michigan, where he works as a writing and reading tutor and as the co-editor of NMC Magazine, a community creative arts effort produced by Northwestern Michigan College. You can find his work in the most recent issues of this, as well as Impossible Archetype, Painted Cave, Dunes Review, and Leaves of Ink.