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"a game I am constantly playing inside my head: imagine something as something else." 

-- an unfolding sense of revelation, maybe. 

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> Skyscraper
> by Matt Rasmussen
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> A sword thrust 
> into the city. 
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> From inside 
> the café, the letters 
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> on the window 
> look like a new 
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> language. It's this 
> simple: There is 
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> nothing within us 
> like what we are 
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> inside this window. 
> Colossal seppuku, 
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> you are the sky 
> before the sky. 
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> Copyright © 2013 by Matt Rasmussen. Used with permission of the author.  
> About This Poem
> "I began this poem when I lived in Boston, where our apartment had a view of the John Hancock Tower. The poem was once two separate, longer poems, one about the Hancock and one about the café, now trimmed down and mixed together. Growing up in a small town, tall buildings have always amazed me and I think the poem has its origins in my childish awe of skyscrapers. I think the poem began with a game I am constantly playing inside my head: imagine something as something else." 
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> --Matt Rasmussen
> Most Recent Book by Rasmussen
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> Black Aperture
> (Louisiana State University Press, 2013)
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> August 6, 2013
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> Matt Rasmussen's first collection of poems, Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press, 2013), won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. A founding coeditor of the press Birds, LLC, he teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College.
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> Rasmussen recently read in the Academy's Summer Reading Series. 
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