Kerrin P. Sharpe

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the heart visits Antarctica

the heart reaches
the hut first
and unpacks his medicines
he wears a reindeer vest
and finnesko boots
he renames his chambers
parlour morning room
sitting room dining room
he uses the pericardium
as a hammock
he burns blubber
to fatten the walls
he teaches his vena cava
to stream plaque
he experiences mood swings
and hangs fairy lights
he dyes his membranes
green and blue
and begins
a comparative study
of cardiology
these days
before takeoff
when he consults
the windsock
he sometimes presents
as a sleeve of arteries
and the sly metallic pain
of crosswinds
lift the ashes
of a butcher’s cough
where he once lived

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