After They Resurrect the Mastodon

By Rob Carney

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Old Roads, New Stories: A Literary Series

April is National Poetry Month. But it’s also Paleobiology Month. Who knew? I mean, besides a calendar company in Wisconsin?

In honor of that, here’s a quick tribute to both:


After They Resurrect the Mastodon,

I hope I win a golden ticket
’cause rides are awesome, but who likes waiting in line?

Imagine the view from atop its shoulders—
all the way to the parking lot,

and eye to eye with the mastodon balloons
that pretty vendor is selling.

In a former life, she was a lifeguard
but dropped that to be a part of history.

I want that too,
my name below a photograph

titled “Man as Ice-Age Astronaut.”
But first I want a churro;

those things smell delicious.
How do I get this mastodon to bring me over there?



Rob CarneyRob Carney’s fourth book, 88 Maps, was published by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Previous books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, both from Somondoco Press.
Read poetry by Rob Carney appearing in Terrain.org: 6th Annual Contest Finalist, 4th Annual Contest Winner, and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney, and here’s an older radio interview.

Photo of mastadons at the American Museum of Natural History by Thomas Quine, courtesy Wikipedia.

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