Humanization by Rosemarie Dombrowski

An owl in the shape of Ben Franklin.
A red-tailed fox with its head in the snow.
We careen into the median
as though it’s an attack against disruptions,
the hoarse croak and shrill whistle
of a continental drift,
the lemming pierced with a talon,
struck in the fatty tissues
of a globally ironic smile.
A long-legged bird shits between the eyes of a buffalo,
breeding us into delusional ozones of sky.


Rosemarie Dombrowski
Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of rinky dink press, the co-founder/host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and an editor at Four Chambers. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies, which was the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award recipient (Personal Challenge category) and The Philosophy of Unclean Things. She teaches courses on radical poetics and creative ethnography at Arizona State’s Downtown campus. Additionally, she is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ.