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Detail of the Fire by Richard Siken

Detail of the Fire
by Richard Siken

A man with a bandage is in the middle of something.
Everyone understands this. Everyone wants a battlefield.

Red. And a little more red.

Accidents never happen when the room is empty.
Everyone understands this. Everyone needs a place.

People like to think war means something.

What can you learn from your opponent? More than you think.
Who will master this love? Love might be the wrong word.

Let’s admit, without apology, what we do to each other.
We know who our enemies are. We know.

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War of the Foxes by Richard SikenSOURCE

This poem appeared in War of the Foxes by Richard Siken, published by Copper Canyon Press, 2015. Shared here with deep gratitude.

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“In reviewing Richard Siken’s first book, Crush, the New York Times wrote that “his territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse.” In this long-awaited follow-up to Crush, Siken turns toward the problems of making and representation, in an unrelenting interrogation of our world of doublings. In this restless, swerving book simple questions, such as, Why paint a bird? are immediately complicated by concerns of morality, human capacity, and the ways we look to art for meaning and purpose while participating in its and our own invention.”

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