Rabid Schematic [I]nfection rates in randomly-selected members of naturally occurring bat populations range from only about one in 1,000 (0.1%) to about one in 200 (0.5 %) […R]abid bats do not usually become enraged and attack people or other animals. Rather, they become paralyzed and die quietly. —In Ohio’s Backyard: Bats (Belwood) Klaus Kinsky will not stay away from the domestic space you cannot take your eyes off of Kinsky he’s a plague finally Bruno Ganz is infected with the soul of Kinsky watch him hypnotize the servant into clearing away the ring of holy wafer crumbs after the credits I go to stand on the back porch under a motion-sensing light and wonder is breathing enough to keep it going is the thing to be feared inside or out two darknesses overlap in a Venn Diagram the intersection almost laughably grave as though even the thing to be feared must become paralyzed and die quietly
Two Nocturnal Figures in a Field One brother said to the other, these teeth will not sow themselves; down with their fingers like taproots, they bit in. They figured (the night was folding up its wings, now) they figured (the sun was just rising) they figured (they would make peace, break bread) they figured (they would break into pieces) they figured (they would piece together, later). But first they had to make the rain arrive, first they had to take up parts in a song for rain. Or was it blood? A spatter of notes, it was hard to tell.
From the Author: These two poems are part of a manuscript, currently titled Dis-/appear, written against the backdrop of ecological disaster, the disappearance of North American bats as a result of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).
Benjamin Landry is the author of Mercies in the American Desert, Burn Lyrics, Particle and Wave and An Ocean Away. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and elsewhere. He has received Pushcart nominations and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Potsdam and serves as the Guest Poetry Editor of Saranac Review. Catch up with his current projects at benjaminlandry.wordpress.com.