The American Journal of Poetry
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Heikke Huotari



My radius of curvature is greater every day, my lock and hasp more laughable than past and I have learned to turn the head to turn the horse, to marry then to burn and in the reconstructed sixties I'll just want what any story teller wants upon a time: a charlatan with forked stick to locate on my property the infrastructure of the mitigating circumstances where the moon has, walking, worn a path.



Heikke Huotari

My Statement Made


When both designated revelers and in-disguise alleviators are distracted by the Dearest Devious Loss Leader and the first six-thousand new year's eves are free and I have half a mind to be a cortical homunculus with outsized lips and thumbs and when I'm at last operating on an oil-cloth covered ellipsoidal table I'll say, I will be the doctor now, so let me stage a play and walk away and if I bring the house down let me rent another house and try again and if I'm satisfied or qualified or show remorse release me on my own recognizance but if I'm neither satisfied nor qualified nor show remorse erect a chain-link fence for me to grab and rattle – let me make my tasteful statement safely in this designated remote protest zone.




HEIKKE HUOTARI is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. His poems appear in several journals, most recently in Diagram and Puerto del Sol, and he's the winner of the 2016 Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest.



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