Thomas Fink and Maya Diablo Mason


That goat is on my list of ten
most influential people.

I hate when the supermodels
have histories. The goat cuts through all that

by nibbling on the models’
knees. They access a slate of

receptivity that their ambition
had not countenanced. He turns his head

to pluck one
shoot of grass.


He paints a canvas
black. Then a
second: “I
have two

stories, and I want
you to view them
as one.”


A certain zero informs
my thinking; there is
nothing to respect

or disrespect.
Coincidences appear—
our white
shirts, which match.

Even the
physical oneness of identical
twins does
not endure.

Thomas Fink is the author of seven books of poetry, including Peace Conference (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011) and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010), as well as three chapbooks. His work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner’s). “A Different Sense of Power”: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited “Burning Interiors”: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. His paintings hang in various collections. Fink is Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia.

Maya Diablo Mason, co-author of Autopsy Turvy with Thomas Fink, was published in The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (Meritage Press, 2006) and her collaborative work has appeared in Otoliths, 21 Stars Review, BlazeVox, Of(f) Course, Long Island Sounds Anthology 2008 and 2009, Marsh Hawk Review, and EOAGH. She is a student at Brown University.
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