Adolescence

Adolescence

On a slate roof, the sun melted us together as the popsicles melted down our fingers. It was the kind of summer day you can see in waves, the roof the kind of height that felt daring. You turned to me and I wondered how I had never noticed before. Your eyes aren’t just brown, [...]

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Dust

Dust

1 It pervades everything— settles in corners, adapts to the contours of your living space, gathers in gentle layers. 2 In a thin beam of light it is floating debris and the silhouettes of mites, dead skin cells and plant pollution, hair fibers, bacteria. 3 It is the passing of time, proof of the days, [...]

Concerto in B♭

Concerto in B♭

She lives in the spaces between her breaths and moves in subtle twitches, perfect form. I watch and wait while she sits motionless, a calm before the tragic threat of storm. She plays an open cavern, cradled tight between white knees, pale thighs warm on cold wood. A stroke, a groan, her sound meant to [...]

Death of a Poet

Death of a Poet

Today, the driver of a lowly hearse, the one that holds your own forgotten verse, will lead a most peculiar parade of shining soldiers, tan coats, black and gray. A week has past your expiration date— a shriveled tongue lies; days ago it ate. Your bones will soon be swallowed by the ground, your body [...]

She Is Not a Writer

She Is Not a Writer

She is not a writer. Words are stuck like inkblots to her throat. She is stuck between lined pages, a pen, and the glowing screen. She is a walking cliché. Disheveled hair, fists of coffee cups— patterned sweater on her back, messenger bag at her hip. Her glasses—too big. Her thoughts—too small. Her car broke [...]

Duchess

Duchess

I call to you, a tip of a finger to smooth, flexing scales— shiver of movement slides against my flesh, a contraction of muscle. Your thick trunk winds like a belt, squeezing— a reminder of your presence, a sensation of serpentine caresses.