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"this is your
captain" Frank says from the cockpit

"all passengers wishing to bail out
any time during our flight


I have shredded the parachutes to confetti
in celebration of our arrival"

milk pours from the sky

the countryside is comfortable
and burping

no one wants umbrellas

crocodiles snore on the white surface of the lake

Frank naps on the lawn

with tomorrow's sun
gutters will
curdle and

"this daisy in my
mouth" Frank says
"is a snorkel

Frank pedals
his bike
to work

it's so marvelous
a ride
he goes home
to start over

a fortnight of this
and he still doesn't
know he's

for love

Frank spoke softly
into envelopes
instead of

he pulled the
jukebox plug
before the song
said it for him

Frank puts 4, 5, 6
sticks of
in his

he lights a match

imagines the
gold it'll knock
out of his head

though Frank
has never been
here before

she serves
him soup in
a wooden bowl
with bite
marks his

at night
the fern
the chive
the philodendron
kiss Frank's brow
in green conspiracy


Copyright © 2002 CAConrad

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CAConrad has poems in American Writing, Exquisite Corpse, Chiron Review, and other journals. His latest chapbook is a collaborative work with poet Frank Sherlock titled (end-begin w/chants) published by Mooncalf Press. He edits Banjo: Poets Talking, and co-edits Frequency Magazine: An Annual Audio Journal with Magdalena Zurawski. His book advancedELVIScourse is forthcoming from Buck Downs Books, and his book Frank is forthcoming from The Jargon Society. CAConrad's previous publications in Strange Horizons can be found in our Archive.

C. A. Conrad's childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia the first chance he got, where he lives and writes today with the PhillySound poets. He coedits FREQUENCY Audio Journal with Magdalena Zurawski, and edits the 9for9 project. Soft Skull Press is publishing his first book of poems, titled Deviant Propulsion, available Fall 2005. He has two other forthcoming books, The Frank Poems (Jargon Society) and advancedELVIScourse (Buck Downs Books). He is the author of several chapbooks, including (end-begin w/ chants), a collaboration with Frank Sherlock. You can see more of his work in our archives and at his website:, or contact him by email at:
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