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And the Intrepid Anthurium.

 Two bumblebees extract nectar, sweet and bitter, from the center
of the rose-colored petals of a flower which isn't a rose. Sated,
they thud against the picture window over and over, fixed on escaping
with their bounty inside them into the air behind them, incognizant that
the path to freedom has been eclipsed, incognizant that they are drawn
to an illusion. With the blood honey in their guts, already a part of
their rapturous marrow. And distinct. 

A United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, FORREST GANDER is the author of Eye Against Eye (poems) and the novel As a Friend, both from New Directions. He has edited anthologies of poems in translation and individual books by Mexican and Latin American writers, most recently Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Brocho.
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Author:Lopez-Colome, Pura
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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