Marilyn

Marilyn

    I am exhausted by the gods. I called their names for years, waited for the chorus to busk a tune I could believe in, one that told me the truth and might have saved the million mistakes: all those men with matinee lips that turned out to be teeth,...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Fallout   “Radioactive decay is the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles. Decay is said to occur in the parent nucleus and produce a daughter nucleus.” Allegory made easy, our story foreshadowed by...
Two Poems

Two Poems

Elegy When the dog, at last, is satisfied, we descend from the highest peak we’ve dared test our spikes on, a moderate hill in the park where others in boots have pressed a system for feet in the ice trails. As a matter of consistency, we hike, pause at the overlook...
The glaciers, irrevocably melting

The glaciers, irrevocably melting

    groan and heave in heavy labor. When my body slid into transition, down that steep moraine, the midwife murmuring some pre-Latin Alpine language, I shattered like that, too. Easier the grief of words than any bone- deep thaw, the afterbirth’s tossed...
Blessing

Blessing

    People see my scar and say You’re lucky. But when I wake I listen to make sure she’s breathing. And in the clearest morning sky the tiny silver plane appears to be falling. Many things burn to the ground. In a frenzy of pedestrians a woman sits with an...
Four Fragments

Four Fragments

  fragment 4:14-15               …still the air, what rusty trill unsettles from the tree?   I am listening for the direction of your next call....
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