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"Bullet Through Apple," by Harold Edgerton.  Photo taken 1964 and printed 1984 by Gus Kayafas.

“Bullet Through Apple,” by Harold Edgerton. Photo taken 1964 and printed 1984 by Gus Kayafas.

This very moment in front of the class
in front of the photo you took of an apple
exploded by a bullet in less time
than it takes to blink

I am thinking about the very moment
a bullet ricocheted up from a knot of wood
in our physics class
and pierced a ceiling tile

just a moment like your photo
too slick for the human eye

slicing awake the air
in front of the closed eyelids of the students

but in the very back row Donny
takes this moment because it is there
hidden between the frames

to hang his arm over the wood chair
and rest his hand on his girl’s thigh.

Poem built from snippets of old text.  The cut the image of Cetus out of Flamsteed's "Atlas Coelestis," graciously digitized and provided online by the Linda Hall Library.

Poem built from snippets of old text. I cut the image of Cetus out of Flamsteed’s “Atlas Coelestis” (graciously digitized and provided online by the Linda Hall Library), and I colored in the black-and-white image with eyeshadow.  Background is handmade Japanese paper.