Excerpt from Machinist in the Snow
Cliffside. Behind me, the city chugs along, roads splicing
and soldering as they move around this wild
engine. A mountain ahead is a cavernous creature
with rock wings. Exhaust caressing its body, a nectarine
above it, not quite ripe enough to peel: the sun.
I seek this fruit. I challenge this architecture.
Open to the hungers of me. Do not open to the hungers of me.
There is a music here, in the rapture of blooming, a nectarine
of the body, the sun and I,
together as conductor
Lawrence Eby lives, writes, and edits in Southern California and is the author of Flight of August (Trio House Press, 2014) which won the 2013 Louise Bogan Award. His work has appeared in Passages North, The Black Tongue Review, Arroyo Literary Review, Superstition Review, as well as others. He is the founder of Orange Monkey Publishing, a poetry press, and a founding member of PoetrIE, a literary non-profit in the Inland Empire of Southern California.