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Let Everything Happen to You
As a girl I made my calves into little drinking elephants,
I would stare at the wonder of their pumping muscles,
the sup of their leg-trunks. I resuscitated a bunny once
from my cat’s electric teeth. I was on neighborhood watch
to save animals, as many as I could. My damage was easy.
My plainspoken voice is a watercolor. I’m afraid of it
as I’m afraid of what the world will do to color. I don’t
think I’ve done much. A table leans against itself
to be a table. I hold nothing but this air. I give it off.
I want a literature that is not made from literature, says Bhanu.
Last night my legs ached a low-tone. I imagined the body
giving itself up for another system. Dandelions tickling
out of my knee. The meniscus a household of worms.
It is okay to bear. My apartment hums in a Rilke sense.
A pain blooms. I am told that it’s okay to forego details
of what happened. I am told it doesn’t matter now.
I want to write sentences for days. I want days to not
be a sentence. We put men in boxes and sail them away.
Justice gave me an amber necklace. I tried to swallow
as many as I could.
|October 12, 2014||Delight in Disorder||Robert Herrick|
|May 12, 2009||deer & salt block||Joshua Marie Wilkinson|
|November 07, 2013||deeper than dirt||Rachel McKibbens|
|March 14, 2015||Deep in the Quiet Wood||James Weldon Johnson|
|February 03, 2015||Decorations||Kate Northrop|
|December 04, 2012||December, 1919||Claude McKay|
|April 13, 2010||December Moon||Brenda Hillman|
|October 12, 2010||Death, Is All||Ana Bozicevic|
|April 15, 2009||Death Barged In||Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno|
|May 05, 2011||Dear Tiara||Sean Thomas Dougherty|