‘Merica — Peter Burzynski

Just thinking about the sheer
un-tethered ferocity of your talons

as you slam down
from your rocky perch
grabbing hold of a six-pack

of infant rabbits and raining them
down on the sleepy village below

just because you can and you’ve decided
you weren’t in the mood
for bunny anyways.

You’re not that kind
of eagle. But I’m glad.


Peter Burzynski is a fourth-year PhD student in Creative Writing-Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School University, and a M.A. in Polish Literature from Columbia University. In between his studies, he has worked as a chef in New York City and Milwaukee. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from The Best American Poetry Blog, Thin Air, Prick of the Spindle, Working Stiff, Thrush Poetry Review, Your Impossible Voice, RHINO, and Forklift Ohio, amongst others.