national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

monkeys consecrated to the moon

Kate Powell  • 
Bennington College

in the tops of trees
they peeled long straws
and pushed them needlewise
through the opal jelly
of cyprian wedding night

 

threaded them up through
fibrous middle heavens
up through loose black nothing
and into the throbbing cilia
of the fearful virgin moon

 

she shuddered and gushed
between sips they called to her
in their panicky language
come on you gorgeous thing
won’t you give us a kiss