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"Betting on the Fight": a poem by Heather Lang

Betting on the Fight



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The elephant hasn’t got a chance.

The tiger has claws

and brass knuckles,

too. He’ll show him.

He’ll give him

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the ol’ one two.

It’s industrial theatre. It’s

negative space. It’s

animal control.

It’s knowing that

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Las Vegas doesn’t suck.

It’s a string of confetti

that quivers like my spine

in love. And it’s not about

the building. It’s not

even about the bricks. It’s all

about the explosion. 


Heather Lang is a poet, editor, and literary critic. She serves as an adjunct professor at Nevada State College.