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Artist of the Week (11/29): Lucia P.

In Envy of Snails

The snail twists her head in a cautious half-circle,

Her neck curving like a bent knee, preparing

To levitate. She

Lifts her skirts for a moment, petticoat

And all, and arches her back,

Peeling herself off the soft sticky pavement.

She hovers there for

A fraction of a fraction of a second

Before lowering herself back onto the

Rain-bloated sidewalk, that vast rough gray square

She calls hers. She tastes the heavy air

Around her, she needs

No more: she has steaming raindrops and

A warm resting-place.

It was inspired by In Envy of Cows by Joseph Auslander.

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