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Sport 35: Winter 2007

The Magician's Assistant

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The Magician's Assistant

I am tied in knots
for the crowd's pleasure—

pulled through holes
and loops,

fed a scarf
until it runs through me.

I sharpen a collection of knives
on the wheel,

produce a rabbit
with an effortless flourish,

step smiling
into a cupboard

that will always remain