by Matthew Minicucci

The truth is, it was my father who taught me how to fly­­—
pitch and roll, center mass to sideslip angle.


How a thin blade of wind wraps the world,
how it tastes like tin.


How far the sun, how wide
and dark an ocean between here and there.


He taught me how sky is both altar and incense
to countless gods—


how impossible it is to genuflect in flight.


Matthew Minicucci’s chapbook Reliquary is forthcoming in January 2013 from Accents Publishing. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cream City Review, and Crazyhorse, among others. He has also been featured on Verse Daily. He currently teaches writing at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

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