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MONSTER – Sander Zulauf

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So. Here’s this photo

Of a 2 million-year-old

Jawbone with a few toothy

Molars clinging to it.

Our common ancestor.

It looks like something ashy

Pulled out of the fireplace.

I remember the Leakeys

Having found another something

One hundred thirty thousand years old

In the Olduvai Gorge

Fifty years ago, and proclaimed

“Lucy” our very own

Primary Eve.

Two million?

We’ve been scrabbling

Around this planet

For two million years?

Grunting and sucking

And fucking and feeling pain

And still haven’t figured out

How to live together in peace?

What pre-historic monsters

Are we?

 

 

Sander Zulauf’s new books include: Where Time Goes (Dryad, 2014) and Basho in America (iUniverse, 2014). He is editor emeritus of the Journal of New Jersey Poets, and in 1999 he was appointed first poet laureate of the Episcopal Church in the Newark Diocese (Northern New Jersey) by Bishop John Shelby Spong. New work appears in the anthologies Palisades, Parkways and Pinelands and Howl of Sorrow, the 35th anniversary issue of Lips, Exit 13 Magazine (#22), Tiferet, and is forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review and US 1. He is recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Award and seven Pushcart Prize nominations.

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