Perihelion: An Online Journal of Poetry and Mayhem
The Santa Cruz Issue
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Juliana Leslie

The Poet Interrupts


I can’t tell

a cat fight from a cloud

or quarters from saucers

and nonessential hums

that pierce every millimeter

in every least

visionary inch

searching for exits

in gamma forms

you can slip

into bureaucrats

choking on novelty

flapping like a soul