The Feast of Reason

The Feast of Reason

Reason’s a vast,
imperfect, tool
dismantling souls
with deceptive precision

as easily as student anatomists
dissect their captured birds.
Quelling song with ether,
stopping the vivid yellow
throat with drugged cotton.

Reason pins the fledged
wings to the waxed tablet,
exposing the breasts,
the hidden heart,
so much mute flesh.

Logic dictates function,
reason cuts the form:
a firm, blind hand
records the parts

until all is accounted for,
everything visible
explained, rendered innocuous
and vaguely offensive
to the senses. The corpus

made fit for the trash
while the air
around the table
still vibrates, bright,
with the memory of song.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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