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The Escape Artist

Kevin Young

beyond the people
swallowing fire     past the other acts
we had seen before     we found the escape
artist bound to a chair     hands tied
behind his back     we climbed onstage
to test the chains      around his ankles
and tongue     watched on
as they tucked him     in a burlap sack
and lowered it     into a tank of water
he could get out of     in his sleep

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"The Escape Artist" from Most Way Home. Copyright © 1995 by Kevin Young. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Zoland Books.


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