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By Mary Pacifico Curtis

The magnetic north pole is moving
I hear and imagine

it’s gone for a walk freeing itself
in circles around where it was fixed
stretching and testing the magnets mood
as the globe shifts too

what was the USSR
now a collection of stans
Kazakhi-Uzbeki-Turkmeni-Jajaki
and Kurdistan for northern Iraq
Dagestan
“country of mountains”
hiding terror’s plan makers
Waziristan
Pakistan

bumps on the globe elevate terrain
that doesn’t change so easily
no matter the name
paper mache under thick glaze
holding the world together.

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