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Linda Tomol Pennisi

Linda Tomol Pennisi

Linda Tomol Pennisi is the author of Seamless (Perugia, 2003) and Suddenly, Fruit (Carolina Wren, 2006). A chapbook, Minuscule Boxes in the Bird's Bright Throat, is forthcoming this fall as part of the quartet series of Toadlily Press. She serves as writer in residence for the creative writing program of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

Perspective On Chaos

I am not a box of wings.  

Not a dress tossed from attic window
nor a couch tossed in rage.

I am not the rage heaving the couch.

Not the blackbird pecking attic  
glass as if life depends upon it.

Not nestling skeletons huddled on the floor.

I am not the rescued doll
nor toppled drawers of ragged panties.

Not chewed edges of braided rugs

nor the mice methodically chewing.
I am not the hawk

high up in the hickory though I

aspire to be, trash
shooting from attic window

incidental. Small bodies forage

inside avalanching
fabric and bones.

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