Roy Jacobstein


Gatling and Colt,
Mauser and Lüger,
Kalashnikov, Uzi -

you men of invention
live on in the hammer
and the grip, muzzle

and buttstock, bluing,
fire, recoil—wherever
you are, blood pools,

wound and clot
flashing the code,
your family name

shattering bone.

Roy Jacobstein is the author of three books of poetry, Fuchsia in Cambodia (NWU Press/TriQuarterly Books, 2008), A Form of Optimism (University Press of New England, 2006, selected by Lucia Perillo for the Samuel French Morse Prize) and Ripe (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, selected by Edward Hirsch for the Felix Pollak Prize). He is a public health physician who works on women's reproductive health programs in Africa and Asia.

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