Emily Izsak

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Six Plumed Bird of Paradise

Sleek re-entrance
to regorge prologue
only this cherry
stem dream catcher

can’t hold toothed beaks
specular puppets
for upskirt orthography

If I could rearrange the alphabet
I’d put cheep and chirp together

in rehearsal

or Butler sweeps
the snakeskin
dance floor    again


A little more than grab
    and less than grub

decentres    echoes
of composite fuckery

not his static atavism
at viscid tragi-comedy
but the divine synchro
red eyes and god water
A bird
of perfect

gobbles up    drama
with feedback

who need
a theatre-

for coarser performance


Shtick offends
what the school calls
method     splashing

her domino
money            flipped
to say which
wed the screwball

Water off a
thought experiment

If our
recreational opus
deprives another
sore homebody

would hindsight
oust the endoscope?

All this
and still the bookstore
partitions ecology

Sammy Blue Jay

Number     one

but every vest and
vengeance combo

        follows the same
            hypnotic     wish
for  friction

    of underclothes     go

back to green forest
Habitat     the mother
    of narration

scores a nut
without refuse
tells the paper rain
        to hush up

    next    episodes

dubbed into
jay dialects
    prize our failed

half out of  harness
    legs still

partial hominids
        with neckties


Emily Izsak recently completed The University of Toronto’s MA in English and Creative Writing program. Her work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, The Steel Chisel, The Doris, and The Hart House Review. In 2014 she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee. Her chapbook, Stickup, was published in 2015, and her first full-length collection, Whistle Stops: A Locomotive Serial Poem, was published by Signature Editions in April 2017.