To Orbit the Earth The steel capsule, ridged and riveted—an oversize Can—rests suspended at street level, docked Inside the Air and Space Museum’s entrance. A bounty of white lilies mingled with spider mums, Placed yesterday, honors the trail of pilot John Glenn, Dead at ninety-five. In ’62, even a second grader, Gripped by the grainy […]
The younger woman—hollowed out, reduced To a shadow wrapped in skin—allowed The older one, nearly her duplicate, To enfold her. They had both seen the knife, A small, glinty blade with a pearlized handle, When it was set beside the younger woman’s Thigh. “But you are not dead,” the older woman, Unable to speak, had […]
Against a sky and lake bleached icy gray, the solid Surface edged with snow and spindly bones Of leafless trees, four silhouettes, a single file Of ash-brown deer—two adults, two adolescents— Halt their slow-mo synchrony of steps At the middle of the lake, its top layer hardened To host weightlessness, not illusion on elegant legs. […]
The air stung with velocity and need. All the lights veered, rafters heaved. I starved myself beyond doors and windows. I hollowed out seeds and sowed blank fistfuls along the wounded furrows. Balanced the shotgun on broken days. Made myself alone enough to frighten me.
He had no idea what I constructed for us in the dark how my head bent down or tipped back, what ugly words I made of it. There was a tree a vine wrapped around until it bowed the tree, there was a rock creekwater wore to slickest organ. I will carry this lust a […]
I pulled a pair of my wife’s underwear from our dog’s ass. Yes, a number of my days have begun like this. It is early. The city is soft. The sky looks like sugar-water. All the east-facing windows catch fire. In their secrets, people are waking cotton-mouthed and empty- handed and reaching. Each day begins […]