ALONG THE SURFACE

E. Kristin Anderson

 

Never go inside the mountains.

 

Stay on the elevator.

 

Jump, control, survive.

 

You’ll face this search

in the presence of coal piles.

 

Wait.

 

They’ll leave, down, out,

straight up.

 

Approach a chance.

 

Stay here a moment

and take the box you break.

 

On the other side, you wait.

 

Try a star.

 

Return.

 

This is an erasure poem. Source material: “Batman: Return of the Joker.” Nintendo Power, Volume 31: December 1991, pages 14-15.

 

 

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