21.2.10

PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING INTO ACCOUNT WHEN YOU NOTICE MY EXECRABLE DISPOSITION


the gap in your stride oddly equidistant to my limp under rib
gimp leg and glass egg
where weapon precedes wounding when wound is just thought
gathered in the thigh’s quiver a ripple in the taut
spring preceding the synaptic leap
across state lines
the raised fleshy braid between
when you fly north and when i give up
oh how sorry you’ll be
the silhouette eating cereal in the dark
squatting beneath the kitchen table building cages
from two tidy piles of unspoken syllables
oh how sorry you’ll be
collared bone in the cabinet a collapsing orange and
wreaths of spooled grief to string up
and pucker on august’s sultry lines all saltwater tinder when you
flew north and i
was all sweat and all water weight and all clutched gut
with the slit to the viscera all opened up
the remnants of rind, fine little teeth for
the colon’s pressed rose puncture
disconcerted by the tagged toe in your nightstand drawer
loose preparations
to sleep with a stranger a note numbered
with which strings to pluck
when you palm out my harp
when i pick out a song that you hated in high school
freebasing amphetamines
in the gym’s parking lot
staring hopelessly into ancient caves carved
with low relief heiroglyphs
of what i imagine you are doing right now.

17.2.10

ARTICLES OF CLOTHING I DO NOT OWN THAT WOULD EQUIP ME FOR WEATHER SUBSTANTIALLY COLDER THAN THAT TO WHICH I AM ACCUSTOMED

BUTTERCUP NORTHFACE JACKET RED PIPING WEATHER SHIELD TECHNOLOGY CHARTREUSE FLOOR-LENGTH FOX FUR COAT BRASS BUTTON DETAILING WOOL TRENCH IVORY WIDE LAPELS TANGERGINE SILK SCARF HERMES DOUBLE DAMASK CREAMY WOOL CAPE RABBIT FUR MUFF GOGGLES ELASTIC HEADBAND COLOR GRADIENT LENSES TEAL TAUPE GOOSEDOWN COAT LINED WITH LAMBS WOOL MAHOGANY LEATHER CAP CHIN STRAP EAR FLAP LINED WITH LAMBS WOOL VIOLET LEATHER GLOVES ELBOW LENGTH FINGER PADS LINED WITH LAMBS WOOL COBALT GOOSE DOWN FLOOR LENGTH PARKA FAUX-FUR LINED HOOD TOE SOCKS KNEELENGTH NEWTONIAN SPECTRUM EASTER EGG CASHMERE SOCKS KNEELENGTH MIDNIGHT BLUE SKI MASK NOSTRIL CUTOUTS SUGAR COLORED LEATHER FLOORLENGTH COAT UNZIPPING TO REVEAL LEATHER MIDWAIST COAT LIPSTICK VINYL COAT NIPPED WAIST WIDE COLLAR BUTTERSCOTCH LAMBS WOOL KNEELENGTH BOOTS STEELTOED CALFSKIN GLOVES HONEY COLORED LINED WITH CASHMERE LAMBS WOOL HYBRID FLOORLENGTH LOOSE KNIT SCARF NEWTONIAN SPECTRUM FLOORLENGTH SWEATER FUR LINED HOOD NEWTONIAN SPECTRUM BERET WOOL KNIT FLOPPY BERET POLYESTER STRUCTURED LUMINOUS ANGORA SWEATER WHIMSICAL COUNTRY MOTIF TURTLENECK BLOOD ORANGE MITTENS DANGLING POMPOMS LINED WITH LAMBS WOOL OSTRICH PLUMED WIDE BRIMMED HAT LAMBS WOOL LINED DICKENSIAN WAISTCOAT ELECTRIC BATTERY OPERATED SOCKS KNEELENGTH WOOL POLYESTER HYBRID ARGYLE PATTERN CAVERNOUS 1986 JAPANESE HAUTE COUTURE COAT BLACKEST WOOL SILK LINED LAMBS WOOL FLOORLENGTH COAT SEMEN STAINED NEWTONIAN SPECTRUM RUDDY NUBBED BLUEBERRY CAP EAR FLAPS CHIN STRAP ADDED LEATHER FOR COMFORT CASHMERE TURTLENECK CHEESE COLORED MOTTLED RIDDLED WITH HOLES BUCKLE BOOTS MIDCALF CHIPPED LEATHER BOOTIES FOR CHILDREN VELOUR PANTS STRIPED SILK LINED POPLIN JACKET RUBY AND PEARL ENCRUSTED VICTORIAN THERMAL UNDERPANTS

11.2.10

DANTE VS PETRARCH


D: hi.

P:

D: hello?

P: yeah.

D: hi.

P: hi.

D: can i talk to you for a minute?

P: i’m kind of busy.

D: you don’t look busy.

P: i’m thinking.

D: what are you thinking about?

P: god. mountains. people. you know.

D: oh.

P: yeah.

D: i really just want to talk to someone.

P: i’m pretty busy.

D: it’ll only take a couple of minutes, i promise.

P:

D: please?

P: fine. you have five minutes.

D: ok.

P: ok.

D:

P: well?

D:

P: do you want to talk or not?

D: i’m trying to think of what to say.

P: so you want to talk but you have nothing to say?

D: i’m sad.

P: that’s it?

D: i just want you to sit here with me for a little while.

P: i was already sitting here.

D: will you hold my hand?

P: no.

D: can i rest my head on your shoulder?

P: no.

D: can i just sit next to you like this?

P: fine. just don’t sit so close.

D: ok. is that better?

P: yeah, i guess. Move your robe thing.

D: ok. like this?

P: ok, that’s fine. just stay over there.

D: ok.

P:

D:

P:

D:

P:

D:

P:

D:

P:

D: sometimes i –

P: wait, i thought you were just going to sit there.

D: i want to talk about things now.

P: no no no. you said you were just going to sit there.

D: but before that i said i wanted to talk.

P:

D: i want to talk.

P:

D:

P: five minutes, not a second more.

D:

P:

D:

P:

D: starting now?