Pheasant Under Glass, Cignus ustus cantat

From Carmina Detroit
Adastra Press
$15, 31 pp.

More than any young thug
I ruled the vacant lots.

Seven sweet brown hens
and our chicks attended me.

Now I am presented
trimmed in my own feathers.

I cannot fly,
but I can see a glitter of knives,

the hunger of teeth. I cannot think;
the oven was so hot.

Adapted from the Carmina Burana

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