Do I miss my half,
my copy, who twinned me & twined
down my spine? Yay & nay. Sometimes.
Imagine there’s no heaven, and hell
is explained to us by the Quran
as the thing muddying our faces.
All of this a lie, because you can’t remember the apple tree,
so it was never there, and I was never there, and
and I am just like my father, a liar who remembers things
that never happened, never were, in those spans of years
The birds (of paradise) are chittering
which seems insufficient
for a poem, because it does not match
the intensity—or is it pain?—
This week I learned that every other year the Holy Ghost plants a baby seed in a married mom’s tummy. Nine months later a slit opens up underneath across the bottom and the baby slides out.
for your cadaverous jaw and thin lips, for your meticulous fingers lighting cigarette after cigarette, for your body bone sleek and for speed
What does it mean to be a voice
when what I say will be said
again or rather is being said
even now by another?
Wisteria hangs in great dollops
from the treetops,
the faint purple drapery
escorting me to Aiken and Camden
On the day my mother died, I unplugged
the stereo at a time when record clubs
still sent out their selections of the month