Prime Number Magazine is the Press 53 sponsored, award-winning online literary magazine, and its most recent issue features poetry, short fiction, a storyboard, craft essays, and more! David Salner’s poem “What Munzer Said,” from this issue, appears below.
What Munzer Said
I thought of Thomas Munzer
as I was making a list—
hamburger, diet cream soda,
bag of mulch, hardy
begonias, and I included
the phone number of an
insurance company, oh,
company, not co.
I added pills to the list,
the kind with a groove so you can
split them down the middle
like seasoned wood. Later that day,
a shower caught me
coming off the mountain. I heard
a clatter of rain on leaves, high up
in the canopy of hornbeam, hickory,
hackberry. The trees filled up
with rain, leaving me
wet to the skin. Munzer said—
all things have been turned
into property, even the birds of the air.
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