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The Structure of Pluto

Paisley Rekdal’s poem, “The Structure of Pluto,” appeared in  MQR’s Spring 2002 issue. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Whose only moon is Charon, ferryman of the dead who circles death’s king. No cartoon dog this, Pluto brings its own rules to the table: sheets of rock and frozen methane,

Grey drawing of a left hand, palm up

Sea-Bands™

I got them first to navigate the waters/ of pregnancy, so I could ride the subway/ without gorge rising, without feeling faint.

Deep Throat

Whistleblowers, according to Fred Alford’s study, do not achieve redemption. They are not, in the majority of cases, acknowledged as heroes or truth tellers. Whistle blowing is rather an act of self-sacrifice, a suicide mission.