Spelling Dog Backwards

Spelling Dog Backwards

Write a poem about the way                  a man               once bitten by a dog      can fear all dogs               for the rest of his life                  but a woman once attacked by a man can never say               she fears men.                   Write a...
The Knock-Knock Bardo & The Beyond

The Knock-Knock Bardo & The Beyond

  While I travel the world’s geography, history, and virtual present, in mind and poetry— a September reality knocks, constant as a wound-up alarm clock, startling me from work, leisure, and sleep equally, as if to remind me of the world my body lives in, regardless...
June Pruning

June Pruning

  My husband stands under the lilac, clippers in hand, squints up at bare twigs among the heavy, spent blossoms. He parts the heart-shaped leaves with his blade before he nips the dry wood. Surely, it’s the wrong season to be pruning, just as the pendulous flowers...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Trigger Warning: Side effects may include digging a hole in your personal snow to a time before your heart floated next to your father’s heart like jars of octopus floating on a shelf in moonlight when you watched those hearts float back to earth under orange &...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Bloom           —for Kazim Ali Yesterday it was leaves, now snow suffocates the seeds. What’s meant to flower flowers underground or not at all or we haven’t the kind of eyes that recognize color breaking earth, skyward, toward us, our feet —     × which have always...
Incarnate

Incarnate

  Two wolves mating and then at rest, the carnal moment just caught. How easy to miss it. How softly their ears ward off flies. Who am I to be in love, wearing my skin as if it were not pelt. The hummingbird’s throat like a kiss you had forgotten, fluorescing in the...