Issue 8: Stillness vs. Frenzy
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

The ID and the Own

Brian Dickson

The big blue bird lives in a garden.
(example sentence used with Kindergarteners to learn adjectives)

Sesame Street drifts
from their brows, inchoate, a jubilee
of personifications.  Bloomed

complaints arise, chins lifted:
parents and children collide
over distance, over have, a word rented

through the years.  What’s missed
is the ordinary story.  Tensile fingers herd
themselves to the flash cards.  Glory be

to me and my place and the nixed
moment.  Branded, the sentence writes
itself out of choke holds, enters my garden.


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