Billions

Billions

The human billions can
suspect themselves a reaction
to each original piece of light.
One would glow beautifully
among the electric.


from pages 170-171 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Have

Have

Take
the volume of one
nobody,
so even
a word
would have the will.


from pages 272-273 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Provide

Provide

To return to water I drank
from what was nameless.
Now nobody believed in an end.
The waters had to provide.


from pages 260-261 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Take

Take

Take the thought of the future and try
to raise everything there would be,
if we are coming back.


from pages 86-87 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Nowhere

Nowhere

Now, all the nowhere
has the pretty panic.
In one moment
touch turned
the water to shells.


from pages 198-199 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Divide

Divide

Death meant to divide
the people from the river.
So much had become trouble
when the earth started to wake.


from pages 152-153 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Sea

Sea

The name of the sea
had begun to hold fire
for the beast that didn't
devour what life provided.


from pages 46-47 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

One

One

Is it enough when
I take
the mouths, 
one by one
as litany?


from pages 52-53 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Bind

Bind

Wicked
I knew
was one
mussel
revealed
to bind.


from pages 190-191 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Watch

Watch

Seeing the eyes
let go from watch,
my shoulders
built a city and sent
its name into the river.


from pages 160-161 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Universe

Universe

Unprotected, the universe
walked home to consider
itself a body.
What it held, 
it gave like water.


from pages 140-141 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Young

Young

The young had been a fire.
The impossibility of light to fade.
They were wing and dove.


from pages 68-69 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Function

Function

I was
wife once
like a function
of tributaries that were
already common
and flesh.


from pages 82-83 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Specifications

Specifications

Because what was
started remained
stubborn in smashed
specifications of people,
the first vessel of a dream
spread its heads.


from pages 28-29 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Whirr

Whirr

That same whirr
never seen along
the wild flesh
of, almost ravaged.
That constant
expanse of people
as an infestation.


from pages 76-77 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Living

Living

To have
tomorrow swallowed
like a mouth that failed
to hold water
in exchange for living.


from pages 34-35 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Thousands

Thousands

Until the body
thousands its tilt
so tame, that most of it
had to be better.
One cell wended
out of take.


from pages 14-15 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Leave

Leave

As hitchhikers we
are adapting
to the
impact
of
profit.
We are
standing
before
what
we
leave.


from pages xviii-xix of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Introduction

Introduction

The suffocated
glimmer of
luxury
draws people in
the shadows
of surface and lull. 
The public
unstitching
quietly giving
up a balance.


from pages xiv-xv of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).