Climate Cubism

The sky splits into a thousand
riffs on inferno

as if Picasso’s ghost
decided to paint the face

of the world. In Florida
alligators swim past sunken

houses but here in California
the water has boiled off—

Earth an abandoned kettle
that sings volcano songs.

At the corner of the canvas
a man pulls off a highway,

coaxes a rabbit to safety.
In this landscape of edges

to save one soft thing
makes no difference

but sometimes it’s necessary.


Lori Lamothe is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Kirlian Effect (FutureCycle Press). Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Cider Press Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere

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