Will Cordeiro

The Antikythera Mechanism

The gears of it, corroded
lumps of green.
                            Success

and failure are so similar,
any moment might change
what one means: a zodiac

as readable as air… The Air
Force dropping notes which say

Surrender!
               though no official war
has been declared. Electrodes
placed upon a shaven skull,

their shadows are a prison
through which we breathe.

Our habitual street theatre…
This gulf between the dull
brick buildings and a breach

of comets disappears—
wavelengths, particles

which veer off sideways
from each snarled segment. Star-
fated amorists’ private carnivals

destroy the schedule
of our parapegma.

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Will Cordeiro has work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, [PANK], Phoebe, Nashville Review, Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Sycamore Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Threepenny Review, Typehouse, Valparaiso Poetry Journal, Zone 3 and elsewhere. Will co-edits the small press Eggtooth Editions and currently lives in Guadalajara, Mexico.