Benjamin Schmitt, author of Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity, lives in Seattle.

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by Benjamin Schmitt 01-27-2021
A poem.
Broken glass that looks like a spider web.


Crossing a river in Africa the spider
shooting her blacksmith’s thread
of melted-down swords and armor
the world’s molten madness bridging
dangling over the water

The creature moves frantically
and to an observer miraculously
like some stressed-out downtown commuter
levitating to work
surely this is a phantasmagorical
outpouring of mighty engineering
Golden Gate sprung from a thimble
that you would never believe
if it hadn’t bored you in second grade
like the kindness of Jesus Christ