42 Miles Press is excited to announce our first publication outside of the contest: Allan Peterson’s Precarious. Look for it in 2014!
Allan Peterson is the author of four full length books of poetry: Fragile Acts (McSweeney’s Poetry Series), As Much As (Salmon Press, Ireland), All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts), and Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Prize 2001), and six chapbooks. Here’s a snippet from his newest book, Fragile Acts.
Out of the Whole Azalea
Out of the whole azalea one branch quivers
and there is the lizard.
Blue jays scream rat snake for everyone
because tree bark has moved.
I am watching for sand wasps hunting for females
when a leaf on its elbow
lies down, and a snake in the form
of a little river pours itself out from the litter.
It does not see me. Just as well. We are to be avoided.
We are listed in their books with the vicious.
They are merely poisonous to live.
Before the shot, anticipation, after it the wasteful inequity.
Hunters are those for whom this is guiltless.
One slat irregular in the laddered blind, and there
the blazing eye of the neighbor.
*from Fragile Acts, McSweeney’s, 2012.