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Cover by Cesar Santos
High-Altitude Parachutist

He jumped to earth from a helium balloon
suspended on the cusp of space

and missed.
He made a poem

with the twenty minutes of oxygen
he had left.

He remembered a teacher telling him: 
No Ideas But In Things.

He looked at the thing in front of him 
and pulled it to his chest.

It felt blue and green and quiet.
What idea, he wondered, is this?

Martin Kratz

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