Will Cordeiro

The Antikythera Mechanism

The gears of it, corroded
lumps of green.

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

               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.


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.