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The Painted Bunting's Last Molt: Poems
by Virgil Suarez
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-8229-8746-8 | Paper: 978-0-8229-6609-8

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Painted Bunting’s Last Molt explores fatherhood, parenting, and separation anxiety; and the ways in which time and memory are both a prison and a giver of joy. Fifteen years in the making, Virgil Suárez’s new collection uses his mother’s return to Cuba after 50 years of exile as a catalyst to muse on familial relationships, death, and the passing of time.
 
Moon Decima

If it were the Eucharist, it’d be hard to swallow,
this moon of lost impressions, a boy in deep water,
something tickling his skin.  This memory of weight-
lessness—a kite that somehow still manages to hover
in the dog mouth blackness of sky.  This is a cut out
moon of lost children, or is it a savior’s moon?
This boy will float on home, or be swallowed
by the water.  Above the pines and mangroves,
this moon hangs unrelenting.  Is it the one eye
of an indifferent God that remains open just so?

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