• Arm In The Excavator's Shovel

    Shane McCrae

    Spring 2021

    The excavation ripples through the body

    The skeleton in dirt the  dirt at certain

    Depths relative  to the skeleton corre-

      sponds to the shape  of the living person

    Thus anyone  with the right coordinates

    Could dig the shape of the person from the dirt

    But made of dirt  but with his skeleton

      Inside it would it  be an it

    When cradled  in the living arms of the worker

    Because no  excavator has yet been

    Shane McCrae is the author of the poetry collections The Many Hundreds of the Scent and Cain Named the Animal: Poems as well as a memoir, Pulling the Chariot of the Sun. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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