Matrilineation: Homage to Nell Parker (1944-2015)

Matrilineation: Homage to Nell Parker (1944-2015)

1. I’m trying to imagine you imagining me finding, at the bottom of a plastic storage bin— under clippings from your Daily Camera column, under stray snapshots of family I never knew, under rust-stained doilies and your baby shoes, your life spread out around me on...
Uprooted

Uprooted

It was good to fill the sinkhole myself after the landscaper botched the job. Beneath the plant he poised, thirsty on red clay—divots of emptiness. Ten bags of top soil go in smelling of the deciduous north, released from bags hugging dirt like a girdle. I want to...
Two Poems

Two Poems

Becoming Human Is it the flaw no one had noticed in the inlaid featherwork from which      we can infer Or is it nature who decides we’re so far fetched Which seems unlikely in a world of fangs and claws Is it a kind of miracle we’ve stolen from...
From MR CHANCE

From MR CHANCE

[enter ham] in Australia a recent production of the Merchant of Venice changed the ending— what have I done? the Jew’s daughter wails, collapsing on the stage, dropping out of both marriage plot and conversion trance, delayed reaction to the previous scene, her...