November 4, 2019

At their first meeting, my first boyfriend asks my father "what was prison like?"

When my boyfriend touches me,

I feel the wings of my pussy flutter

in time with my breath—I kneel

between his legs in his laundry room

while his mother drinks white wine

in the living room, and...

October 14, 2019

Aubade with Wind Chimes and Hesitation

Head tucked between the pillow and its ragged blue case,

the dog snores more softly now. We fell asleep

sometime past ten. At some point, their dog

came in too, nuzzling between us,

so that our bodies were only a dog’s length apart.

The...

September 23, 2019

Flamingos

As the nurses pushed your bed into the OR,
you extended your arms toward us, & we promised
we’d take you to see the flamingos
in the hospital garden downstairs.
When you woke up, you refused to pee
on the diaper underneath you (you’d been potty-trained
for mon...

September 16, 2019

A Dark Bird

There is no right answer to how a young girl finds a home.

Sometimes, she marvels at the swift larks

or names the crows after their shadows.

I have been a dark bird with a compass in her throat,

flock searching. I have been a young girl looking for something to...

September 9, 2019

The Only Confession

I did something wrong I carved a name

into a tree and it wasn’t even mine

the name belonged to someone

I used to love the tree

belonged to no one at all

and I wept as soon as I dug in

the knife how hard I tried to make

the vowels sing but the old tree

said n...

July 29, 2019

The Sun, the Ship

      the sun shone

as it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

...

Two Poets Email on a Sunday Afternoon

I used to think what happened to me / massive creature & putrid / pinned to the floor, ripped open, a man

inside my belly / was the exception / some House members believe this God’s will / brutalizing a little girl is

God’s will / b...