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The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

Date you again?  I’d rather kiss a cuttlefish, my sweet! A cuttlefish has eight long arms; you’re cursed with two left feet. You stick to Brooklyn; cuttles swim the open sea all night. When nervous, cuttles squirt black ink; your ink is pearly white.

A Song Called Shudder

A kitchen match could warm me here in the gossip—   Here in what I’m covering my cuts for—   That an eel might not drift up through the waters & find your sleep a pleasing place to live.   For what’s alive set in motion an old thought lost to a bowl of broth or to an armory at… Read more →

A Song Called Ranelagh

So says the dead woman in her calm ways: What won’t oppose you? What won’t actually challenge you? What won’t call your despicable behavior what it really is?   Whom for for you?   I was in the wet green of Ranelagh breathing beer—   Breathing this briny confected air— & the islands?   The nearby islands scuttled in a… Read more →

A Song Called Spinning

Could the living songs be heard through the transcriptions of the tape?   Could the memory return with accrual?   What ocean lost its cold birds of an evening to bring the flood to the stoop,   the bed coils to an easement,   the envelopes set open but only to the dust we might set inside them with an… Read more →