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Daniel Khalastchi
Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Review, jubilat, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the co-editor of Rescue Press.

Like Bricks,
Like Bricks:




Daniel Khalastchi
On  a  lighthouse ledge I stand
holding    a   boulder.   Hugged
by a fishing net,  the drag end
of the line is threaded through
a  hole   pricked  wide   in  my
tongue.    Last   week,    they
planted  a  cherry  tree  in my
abdomen.  It's  watered when
I   sleep,   and   opening   my
mouth I feel its dry  branches
stretch  the   length   of   my
larynx.  A  pile  of  woodchips
helps  to   cover   the   roots
growing  down   through   my
arches.  From  the  tower,  a
lamp  and   mirror  spit-bright
the water  every  full  eleven
seconds.    I fear if I breathe
the          stitching         will
loosen.     When   I   let   go
the   rock   I   move  nothing
my  body.


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