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Alli Warren

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Alli Warren

Alli Warren is the author of I Love It Though (Nightboat Books, forthcoming in 2017) and Here Come the Warm Jets (City Lights Books, 2013). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

by this poet


I wish I could write a song
to make the world
yield to this rushing
lapping what starts
tonguing what parts
any possible other world than this

inertia for pink medallion
inertia for those skeptics
in the building

who think of the unknown
as hemorrhage—quick


trees are steaming
ever more vital pliant DINK
I can’t see a thing in the sky
I choose George
Stanley over Fear 
and Trembling 
Tell why you chose
to do this or that
on each occasion
Nothing with hooves 
or heels was it? 
Excuse me for not thumbing

There is a burning star and there is a gift
of choice at least sometimes
once something will come
from the world, it just appears
from nowhere
making event
of the given
heat-guided drives

for public use
for ease of swallowing
honey, fog, and come what may