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Lina Ramona Vitkauskas

ISKRA/the spark
-after Jack Hirschman's translations of Heidegger

before languid legs give to bleeding,
there resides ISKRA, sliver of dawn.

upon the breast of a tentacled cerebellum,
ISKRA ready to fuel tantrum voices. Focus

upward to Magellan's sky, inward to Verne's core.
A distortion before recollection,

ISKRA ignites as a rampant harlot
through lamp-lit city streets

placing her mouth around each
dangling cock of philosophy.

The draw of bitter elixir tampering the pH
of her sweet saliva, ISKRA the vaporizer

transmutating the universal consciousness,
chemically unbinding man's molecules

constructing him as the origin of Prometheus-
of strapping clay and luck.


Lina Ramona Vitkauskas is always playing in theatres near you. Her work has appeared in ZuZu's Petals, Cokefish, The Mississippi Review, The Wisconsin Review, Mudlark, Big Bridge, JACK, and as an Editor's Pick on Web Del Sol. She received an Honorable Mention for STORY Magazine's Carson McCullers Award (1999). She is the fiction editor and Web designer of milk magazine online.

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