The possessor is desolate without me: a picture:                 a pickpocketing where the pocket is stolen, its contents left intact. This is almost about                             something but then not as I shift to another thing: another picture: little box like a pin cushion but not                 prickly: lacks tacks. Little box exactly like a mouth, a compiling of … Continue reading SELF-COLLECTION CEREMONY

The Second Death

imagine a warship—heavy with cannons, overgrown with gold. imagine its heavy body, its mossy stomach— dipping in and out of the water like a swan. imagine the first voyage—the dock a confetti of color. a girl blows a kiss—her breath mixing with the spray. remember how mermaids wink from the ship’s prow, how sea monsters … Continue reading The Second Death

Mirror, Mirror

There was a kingdom in the clouds. Cradled too close by mountain peaks, the populace throbbed at the brim. Houses climbing cliffs like animals escaping. Each year rooftops rested closer to the stars; each year tunnels rooted deeper into stone. Tremors shivered through glass and steel. Engineers and architects calculated loads in the margins, torque … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror

Storage Bin

To live between borders Oscillating needle prick    Constant shuttle to Back       Forward       Center the      bridge      seems      long yet thereisnoseparationofideas Compartmentalize Grief hides under left armpit Fear likes the sock drawer “hang joy here” We are unwhole S   e   p   a   r   a   t   e absorbing every speck and grit yet none We belong to every/thing … Continue reading Storage Bin

Apology, for E

We couldn’t foresee SCOTUS 2015 though the boy who took me from you turned my left breast into a cracked diviner’s ball, the purple ring of dental bruises like fissures in the crystal. And when he dragged me into the woods to a blanket he’d prepared, I wasn’t thinking of a band around your ring … Continue reading Apology, for E