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number 56

by Kelly Madigan Erlandson

All Night, That Turning

Stars above a ship
that slowly pivots.
All night, that turning against
the ocean's resistance.

A sea otter has lost
her pup. It drifted
when she went below
to gather abalone
and urchins. Sinking
is impossible, the newborn
lanugo buoyant as kapok

A man's hands
cup a cigarette
on the deck. He stands
at the railing. He never
wanted children.

The din of the engine deceives.
No progress can be made
until the turn is complete.

The otter searches
but the baby is out
of range. The man
is hotboxing and dizzy.

There is no such thing as rescue.

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