Exit Exam (by Dean Young)
Dean Young, Primitive Mentor (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2009 International Shortlist).
1Difficult to believe what hurts so much
2when the cement truck bounces you
3off a tree trunk
4is not solid knocking solid
5but electron cloud repulsing electron cloud
6around the overall emptiness of matter,
7a clash of miniscule probabilities
8in the beehive of the void.
9Somehow you're only scratched and bruised
10but the driver's in agony,
11no license no immigration paperThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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