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SELF-PORTRAIT AS HAN TO LEIA, ON HOTH by Amorak Huey

Another planet battle-scored & near-exterminated: we crave this cave-chase & escape plan, our evacuation inevitable. We have always been outnumbered & every system is remote from somewhere...

                        After Dean Rader & Robert Frost

 

Another planet battle-scored & near-exterminated: we crave this cave-chase & escape plan,
our evacuation inevitable. We have always been outnumbered & every system is remote

from somewhere. Our future pendulums away from us, our small stars extinguish each other
in the heart’s dark sky. You are not afraid. An empire grows in my chest. Pistol me open,

let my rebellious ribs steam into the frost, feed on the warmth of me. We cannot destroy
all that threatens us & ice will not slake your salted tongue. Given flame, we choose to burn.

 

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About Amorak Huey

Amorak Huey
Amorak Huey is author of the chapbook The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014) and the forthcoming poetry collectionHa Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications, 2015). A former newspaper editor and reporter, he teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012The Cincinnati ReviewThe Southern ReviewThe CollagistMenacing Hedge, and many other print and online journals.