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This poem is taken from PN Review 225, Volume 42 Number 1, September - October 2015.

‘Star Fain’ I & II Redell Olsen

for Jackson Mac Low

‘Some things which are neither fire nor forms of fire seem to
produce light by nature’ – Aristotle

 6♦   Threads, vertical migration of photophores in ascent at close of day.

        One was found with plastic chips in its gut near the Pacific Ocean

 5♣   garbage patch. Bright of flesh, one stands above in a yellow spore

        print dress and emits a blue-green bloom that could be mistaken

 9♦   for an Egyptian Goddess with so many cookie-cutter shaped scars.

       Those who have glowing wounds report claims of a higher survival

 2♠   rate. Angels come in radiant wood, flesh and fungal light; annelid

10♠  eyes ringed against the dark. A fire-fly’s cold fire warns predators

 J♠   to stay away. Here glow-worms taste of star fain, even the piddock

 5♦   is chosen as the food of Greeks and Romans in search of continuous

 6♠   light. After this world flits out towards futurity in a glyph of worms:

 4♣  girl babies, luminous as oxygenated words in pursuit of Luciferase,
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