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STASHED commemorates a daughter’s last year at home, before college, summer jobs, and first apartments. A bittersweet time of hope and promise.
Each week, a short “lesson” poem was stashed inside a daughter’s lunch, next to the pear and animal crackers.
You give yourself room,
susceptible to plushness, very fine hairs.
You're not wrong, not right,
benign as a window, cool, glass pane,
relishing flatness, passivity.
You sit bowl, slurp yourself,
a satiation of hunger, thirst, peace.
You might hold a teacup, fingering
the glaze of it between your blessings.
Free from the ricochet of other people,
exactingness of places. Your spleen,
or another inexplicable organ,
happiest when left alone.
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Canned is a chapbook of poems about loss and disappointment, wonder and joy. Sometimes prismatic. Sometimes pissy.
When he summons her
the gears of her heart freewheel.
That’s what she remembers --
careening behind her ribcage.
No brakes to the thing
set in motion by some
Depend on it, he says,
blowing smoke from a gourd,
righteous in her ear,
This will turn out swell for you.
He slides across the desk
a Separation Agreement.
All she can hear are s’s,
c l o t t i n g ophidian eyes.
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