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  The Other

Allan Peterson


In one foot of water I found the owl face down
Not the silent mouse killer
but the plastic threat that that spun helpless
on its string in a boathouse
that frayed and fell hapless in the shallows
Now behold my two skies: 
one of water with a tug plowing clouds 
the other whose hidden

purpose is to instruct us on illusion





Allan Peterson lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida He the author of a book, Anonymous Or, and two chapbooks, Stars On A Wire and Small Charities.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Many Mountains Moving, West Wind, Arts & Letters, Northwest Review, Jabbwerwock, Belleview Literary Review, Agni, Blackbird, Drexel Online Journal, Stickman Review, The King's English, Story South, Typo, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid America Review, and Octopus.  He was the 2002 winner of the Arts & Letters Poetry Prize and has been the recipient of fellowships by the Florida Arts Council and the NEA.










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