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Kristy Odelius
Kristy Odelius is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at North Park University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Notre Dame Review, ACM, GutCult, La Petite Zine, Diagram and others. Her poems are anthologized in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books). Her chapbook Bee Spit was published by dancing girl press in December 2007. Look for her first full-length collection of poems, Strange Trades, forthcoming from Shearsman Books in September 2008.

The Virgins of Chicago

Kristy Odelius
work nights at "Federal Screw
Products." They like welding,
sweating and wearing
gray aprons.

"I can't feel anything,"
I sigh as the elevator rises.
The meta-galaxy slips
like a ring on my finger,
a parenthesis squeezing the night
in towards morning.

They rest in the caliper,
thinking about tree
trunks, project their
cool measure, summon
the helicopter.

The sky pales, a weird ochre.
All yellow, I'm flying an octave
below the shareholders. It's
always the same. I remember
their names. I can't see their faces,
I can't read their folders.

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