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Janus Calf

Born in an Illinois barn,

that two-headed calf


became a coin Frank flipped

through World War Two,


judging heaven from 

a foxhole. “God loves evil…


goodness too,” he testifies 

while pouring beer, half


of him still watching

one head blink a minute 


longer than its brother,

teaching me his zebra


God of Eden / Auschwitz,

how He sacrifices to Himself.


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Michael Kriesel is the winner of North American Review’s 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize and past president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He served on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission 2006-2008 and was the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Conference Coordinator 2006-2012.

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