SPRING 2013 (Issue 78)

Catherine Cafferty

Selections from The Apprentice

On my hands

a skeleton of selves—

white buds, birds of

paradise, a ribbon

for comparison


In small sizeable rivets. Edge.

ore thrust under. Stream.

flesh manufacturing.  Flash.

some movement.  Lanterns.

of exposed column.  Pink.


Solemn bucket-tear

then cheek to wield an elastic horizon:


a mask, a calibration, a fissure

like the change of a life,

a limb in the landscape,

the detail of a shoe


When we ask for violence in a tangible form

how the one-eye marries

we exhume a wayward cord


destitute, my scaffolding becomes

a photomontage, kept upright

swiping the infinite