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Cecilia Vicuña, “Basuritas” (2014) at proyectosLA, 2017 (Galeria Patricia Ready, Santiago de Chile) (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

Unspooling the Dead’s Electrons

Fungal vein of lightning

you crept inside my father

twice through his umbrella

to the ground quickly

as a more serious sleep

and preparation for cancer’s end

That a day could copy

like graphite’s rub

over engraved symbols

this quiet which is his

but leant and to us left

unfixed this onward slipping

An onward in him fixed

What else could I do but burn

Carcass of the Workhorse

A dark rag like an animal
on a rural highway
with a fear of being

Picking it up
I have to imagine the future
of the person
who dropped it

Lessons a silent father might share
as if giving more
to carry
with the ways to carry

*   *   *

Daniel Moysaenko, a Ukrainian-American poet, is the author of the chapbook New Animal (H_NGM_N Books, 2015). Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in ConduitForklift, OhioThe JournalPleiadesSixth FinchWest Branch; and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a poetry PhD at Florida State University.

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