Devil’s Lake

Fall 2010 Issue

Anna Maria Hong: The Copper Age

In the beginning, world stretched terribly

thin. World was wound about the wrist of an

ur-Cyprian who managed two valises.

The world was pure Copernican. The sun

felt weak. One case was made of teak and gas

boiled from the abysmal sea. The other

cached seven pairs of powdery, prolix

wings, which made the ring run ever longer

above the min’s expansive, vanishing arm,

itself drawn and ductile as desire.

A heat consumed and consuming formed

this elemental gyre within gyre.

The world would crack extravagantly spent,

a shining exemplar or ornament.

a photo of the author, Anna Maria Hong ANNA MARIA HONG is a 2010–2011 Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her poems are published and forthcoming in journals including Exquisite Corpse, New Orleans Review, POOL, jubilat, No Tell Motel, St. Petersburg Review, and Green Mountains Review. Her nonfiction appears in publications such as Poets & Writers,, and American Book Review. She has recently received residences from Yaddo and Djerassi. More from this issue >