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Farryl Last is a 2015 MFA graduate from Hunter College, where she now teaches. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Entropy, Red Paint Hill, Cheat River Review, Word Riot, and Poetry City, USA, among others. She once lived in Mantova, Italy, and taught English there. 

A P H E L I O N  

 

                                    : the point in the path of a celestial body (as a planet) that is farthest from the sun                                                                                                 


away
does not mean cold: wintering
             insects
             in the yellow morning
wingspan tattered

copernicus, law
what migrates past center, then back
             overhead

waiting in brick walls in thick boots telescoping distance

some do not migrate
some sleep
              electrically
conserve chitin

in the cupola, windowed

i mourn you not hearing this snow's soft glass lick
not a viceroy, you with flight veins spooling your body
not lost