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Lucas Jorgensen


The only moment God climbs

off my back is when He has to


click the clock forward again,

soothe the water in the ice tray,


polish the solid earth

into sand. For two weekends


I put on an executioner's robe,

smelled hickory under


Don Quixote’s breath, threw him

into the middle of a mock tavern


as a song about little birds

began. I lived a second life


like that, hours at a time,

convinced by costumes, rocks


dappled on a wooden set.

To the exterminator


I’m a bachelor, could benefit

from fewer waterbugs, less oil


overnight, curdled in the pan.

To the preacher, I’m all


woolen. My head corralled

between two fence posts of task.


Each evening my father races

the shrinking of his shadow to trim


the grass & square the hedge.

& me, I prefer to smother


the fire before it catches,

eyes closed, in the lilts


between my bedmate’s breaths.

That moment, like the one before


the body unlocks in climax,

when it can’t.

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Lucas Jorgensen is a poet and educator from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds an MFA from New York University where he was a Goldwater Fellow. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas and reads poetry for The Iowa Review and American Literary Review. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Fugue, Poet Lore, and others. You can find him at

Bear Review


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