67 Slept with a gold sword under her pillow, Raced on polo fields, You saw a man lift a child, her chest burnt with oil, Her small thighs bruised. He bore her through latticed hallways Into Lady Dufferin's hospital. How could you pierce the acumen of empire, Mesh of deception through which soldiers crawled, Trees slashed with petrol, Grillwork of light in a partitioned land? When you turned away, Your blue black hair was crowned with smoke-- You knelt on a stone. On your bent head The monsoons poured. J. Bradley I wish I had the vocabulary of magnetic tape. I'd shove a pencil in my ear and then turn it counterclockwise. 68 You make me keep my glasses clean. It helps when I can see bar stools, the teeth of tabletops, while walking backward. I blow out the fire, chip away at oxidized beams, recycle the aluminum of my resolve to never apologize. I'm bankrupt of promises. My body aches from manufacturing all this honesty. One day, forever won't just be my safe word. Angela Sorby Sivka-Burka Sleep's smashed to shards. Laptops glow in bed after bed. Strangers pull strangers into their heads. And yet, as starlings
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Oct 4, 2012
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