The Boiler

Alex Lemon

WANTED: INEXPENSIVE BIRDCAGE

I need a cheap birdcage to use as temporary home for the parrot-thing I see in the Live Oak trees of Rangle Creek Park each day on my afternoon walk. Eyes going terrible but I am sure as salt that it’s not a squirrel. Door latch does not need to work. Dents fine, but must hold shape. Dirty? Rusted? Totally fine! Plenty of time. I will take care of it. Must be large enough for an owl or a tiny person. Have one? An extra? One to lend? God bless you and Godspeed! Lawrence

BREATHTAKING SPOON COLLECTION FOR SALE

Selling spoon collection 97 total spoons includes 50 state spoon rack shaped like United States with broken off Florida spoons from all the states even 50 or more very straight also Russia Belgium Italy commemorative too Nixon in China Princess Di Fall of Berlin Wall 9/11 Firemen many wars too among others these spoons were my mothers collection she polished each day prior to her passing away not a speck of tarnish in each shine I see her face spoons are pewter or chrome I cannot stop this sadness no silver spoons here thank you

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Alex Lemon’s most recent book is The Wish Book. He is the author of Happy: A Memoir and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. An essay collection and a five book of poetry are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He has been a recent National Poetry Series judge, is an editor-at-large for Saturnalia Books, sits on the advisory board for The Southern Review, as well as the editorial board of TCU Press and is the poetry editor of descant. He frequently writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, teaches at TCU.