Two Poems

Two Poems

  Accelerant I am cleaning out a woman’s underwear drawer, a woman who burned herself to death in the woods last week, a woman I barely knew, whom I met maybe twice, a woman my brother almost married twenty years ago, but then said no to, like closing a...
Graceline

Graceline

Somewhere along the line you make a few meetings, pay a few bills, show up to work on time, and think you deserve more. Somewhere along the line you can’t recognize the men crowded in wheelchairs and grocery carts below the overpass that gets you where you need to go....
Three Poems

Three Poems

Whitetail They’re feeding while we sleep. Conifers, acorns, sweet clover. Crepuscular. They must tell each other stories in whatever tongue they speak. Each fawn makes its own distinct bleat. Does the mouth makes a sound for gun, arrow, berry, or flee? Arrested...
Geography

Geography

    The house shuddered all day, trying to cast me out, but I would not abandon. The wind, ravenous gusts, arrived in gasps through chinks in the plaster, rattled doorjambs, spit snow-shards on channels of glare ice. A whole geography took shape in a king...
Two Poems

Two Poems

COMMUNION   Here I am, a thinly veiled excuse, piety prettied in a party dress, a child bride among child brides. Doe-eyed at the window, itself a doe’s eye, rimmed with cold grey velvet stone. The wafer tastes like nothing I’ve known. White patent...
Three Poems

Three Poems

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