Sample Poems

From You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction Books, 2018):

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I don’t want anyone walking

on eggshells around me.

 

This body a thumb drive, waiting

to be plugged in.

 

Don’t rush me.

 

An inattentive landlord. Strained

relationships with our mothers. An everyday

sound, like ohhhhh.

 

I’m tired of being just a pair of eyes.

The freckles are slowly turning

to moles; the canker sores arrive.

 

The baseboards of the world cannot contain us.

We’ve turned into hummingbirds

—die if we stop moving.

 

Present compulsions: opening (and closing)

the mailbox; wiping the coffee table with Murphy’s Oil;

eating chick peas directly from the can.

 

Dare me to make a chart of it.

 

I will not judge the universe.

 

From Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood Editions, 2010):

“Self-Portrait As Someone You Might Like To Meet”

 

Because I like to arrange pills in patterns

before I take them.

 

Because there are no elephants here.

 

Because I’ve mentioned elephants.

 

I was broken–I’ll say it plain

and that’s what you’ll like,

the plainness, smooth

face, pop of blue in the eye.

 

I read ’til I was green again

(new and ill and envious).

It didn’t work but I kept going.

 

The words weren’t enough

and neither is this.

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