Joseph Campana Fit Nothing does: not hips, not haunch. Pants never slide: squeeze comfort. Style is not. The point? Exercise your mantras: Montgomery Wards, Sears & Roebuck, J.C. Penny: all gods you prayed to: spare, transfigure, shape: go on home. The doors and windows are dark. Prices are exacted: some way: you outgrow them. Oh spinning wheels: fortune, fashion: you pass (don't let) go: you're not shaped. Reference Your skin is fire: the red leather you cling to. Old man folds the paper to his liking: he crinkles. You shouldn't be here. This is what it means to read: outside, a whole world you have no right to. You don't want it. Soft rain settles on the houses. In one of them your father sleeps. He wakes when you go to bed. Ties his shoes, drags a thermos of steam into the night. You dream of books: you never know what else to ask for. Afternoons your mother opens and closes them, bringing down the stamp again and again, red, she numbers them, gently. She's 122 giving them away. Who are you waiting for? The chair stares with dozens of golden eyes: it will not speak. The Raw
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 31, 2006
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