Exactly the perfect Surface. Don’t be Quick to get to the
Bottom. Where Does this come from? It’s about seeing,
And it’s about time. Our time is a rendition, A palimpsest of the old’s
Design for the new, That moment the word Compulsion dignifies.
Irascibility may be The answer to this Final call. Anagoge
Wheels out its snake oil Roadshow again, Full of apologies, this time,
But not for long. What The elk knows, it knows And practices in silence.
-- Aaron Fagan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1973 and was educated at Hampshire College and Syracuse University. He has lived in Chicago and New York City, serving as an Assistant Editor for Poetry Magazine and as a Copy & Research Editor for Scientific American respectively. He is the author of two poetry collections Garage (Salt Publishing, Cambridge, 2007) and Echo Train (Salt Publishing, London, 2010) and he has recited his work for the Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Poems of his have appeared in a variety of journals including 5AM, The American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Brooklyn Review, Dossier, Link, Maggy, Poetry Daily, Shenandoah, Stand, Tuesday: An Art Project, TriQuarterly, and The Yale Review. He lives in Victor, New York.