I dream a sonnet made of buttons. Star-
shaped; faceted jet; fabric bristled pink;
one boasts a lurid trompe l’oeil cardinal
posed stiff against its milky plastic sky.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), awarded the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. She received an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.
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