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The Survival Expo

An associate professor of English at Rhodes College, Caki Wilkinson lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the author of two other collections, Circles Where the Head Should Be and The Wynona Stone Poems.


You were born outdoors,
your arm tethered to
a single balloon
the white sky blew through.

Its string stretched taller
than your stalk of spine,
and all you wanted
was another line:

a river, a snake,
a thin plume of smoke—
some proof there’s a world
with wind in its spokes.

But lack bends to lack,
the last asymptote.
You’d need a chimney,
a garden, a boat.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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