Featured: Masters of the Game

Masters of the Game

Monique Kluczykowski

My lover said there is a bonanza of bunnies

in Iowa City, right there in river city


but here in the Motor City there are murders, a murder

of crows darkly lying over the intrusion


of cockroaches into the bar where

a busyness of ferrets, deceitful lapwings,


huddle in one corner, a gulp of swallows,

leashed foxes athirst, fervent


to turn a buck, turn a page

on a poverty of pipers,


while outside the window planes

surge upward over burnt-out streets,


an exaltation of larks ascending

on incandescent wings


above a labour of moles,

a galaxy of forgotten beauty.


Monique Kluczykowski was born in Germany, educated in Texas and Kentucky, and currently lives in Iowa City. Her essays have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Women in Higher Ed, and her most recent poems have been published in StepAway Magazine, Cactus Heart, and The Magnolia Review.