Natural History

By Chris Bullard

In the La Brea of memory
facts like fossils persist
though disarticulated,
the connective tissue rotted.
Only someone with Cuvier’s wit
might reassemble it, matching
every end to an appropriate end,
deducing how each jointed place
turned, how limbs touched.
Yet, the beast assembled
and wired into a sensible whole
would make for a dull exhibit.
Lacking everything internal
no one would guess how it lived.


Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He lives in Collingswood, NJ, and works for the federal government as an Administrative Law Judge. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wilkes University. Plan B Press published his chapbook, You Must Not Know Too Much, in 2009. Big Table Publishing published his second chapbook, O Brilliant Kids, in 2011. WordTech Editions published his first full-length book of poetry, Back, in November of 2013. Kattywompus Press published his third chapbook, Dear Leatherface, in January of 2014.