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JAY SNODGRASS
Jay Snodgrass is the author of two books of poems. Monster Zero (2002), poems about Godzilla, and the The Underflower (2007), poems about Ponce de Leon. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, the Iowa Review and Shenandoah. He lives in Florida with his family and dog.
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Jay Snodgrass

STEGOSAURUS

 

Humanized by the secret caress of children

the caramelized dinosaur at the playground

 

looms over the seesaw’s chewing rhythm

like an offering. In my dream I decipher

 

the split of the many words for footstep, a jungle’s

tears, reassembling them into

 

carbon dated mechanics, a computer print out

of fleeing herds, the desperate and doomed

 

wrapped up together in words like eon and love.

 

At my end of extinction I’m a little droopy eyed,

waiting outside the museum for a cab, some

 

purpose, or just lingering with not much else

to motivate, perhaps masticating a cud

 

waiting for the world and its children

to fawn over my reassembled corpse.                                Copyright © Jay Snodgrass. White Whale Review, issue 1.1


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