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Aaron Belz has new work in Court Green, No Tell Motel, Boston Review, and McSweeney's. He lives in
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St. Louis, MO, where he teaches at Saint Louis University and curates the "Readings @" poetry series, a moveable feast that will spend the '05-'06 season at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Reinventing the Wheel



Aaron Belz
I tried to reinvent the wheel, and it was fun,
Because I did. It came out better than before,
Rounder, quicker, and with less friction.

The mistake I made was trying to reinvent you:
You came out taller and less confident,
With a shopkeeper's eye and shiny skin.
You got me back by reinventing me,
Turning me into what I had wanted to be,
A pensive, slightly overweight woman
With a knack for arcane geography.
Will we be happy as our new selves?
I ask myself as we lean back with brandies
On a moonlit night; I think we will,
I think to myself, though I'm thinking it as you,

And you're looking down on me as I would,
As if at any minute I might steal something,
But still not knowing what is in my mind—
A peninsula where it rains but never snows.
The wind picks up; we head inside.
We sleep in a place where we both reside.


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