Armantrout's Pet Vulture
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Armantrout's Pet Vulture

Sean Lynch

Inauthentic objects produced by machines.

This solves the drowning question.


Hotel bedsheets smell like trees.

An authentic experience.


Vultures oscillate over Philly.

All signs are permanent.

Even destroyed words.

Steel structures belie glass.

The Free Library captures homeless

geniuses. There’s a labyrinth beneath

the Parkway claiming bodies of enslaved saints.


Shakespeare’s statue

sways outside.

Still, no one

knows his identity.


Sadness can reside

inside inanimate objects.

Existence doesn’t always

precede essence.

ed: submission was accompanied by the following note
This poem was written after Armantrout's "Vultures" which was just published by the CIA in POETRY MAGAZINE.

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