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  Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
Poet and short fiction writer Lina Ramona Vitkauskas is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Shooting Dead Films with Poets
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
(Fractal Edge Press, 2004) and The Meanest Man Contest (mother's milk press, 2000). Her work has appeared in The Chicago Review, The Prague Literary Review, The Wisconsin Review, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Mudlark, Big Bridge, La Petite Zine, Drunken Boat, 3 AM Magazine, Shampoo, Bridges (The Lithuanian-American Journal), In Posse Review Multi-Ethnic Anthology (Ilya Kaminsky, editor), Web Del Sol, Van Gogh's Ear, Rampike (University of Windsor), The Mississippi Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and Snow Monkey. She lives in Forest Park, Illinois and she's the fiction editor and web designer for Milk magazine online at http://www.milkmag.org.

For Ira Cohen


(Christmas 2001,
5:30 a.m.)


Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
My head is a vacant apostrophe.

The linen of the grass,
raincoats on Christmas
miles across my childhood
backyard fleeced on its iced
belly. The undertow of Ira—
a flipchart of mortar sealing
tablet doors, collapsing shut.

I am floating up
like a fetal parsnip—
it is almost dawn.
I am a spiny comb
in this glass menagerie.
I wonder if
Chicago will snap
to middle earth
into the molten squash of soil,
melting organs of strict,
black keys everywhere.
My cream is clarified.
The windows are caulked
with doilies.

You are more subtle than gifts,
a flecked, necessary note on my breast.


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