SHE

When she sleeps, it’s only in pearls. she actually doesn’t give a fuck what you think about her swearing she goes down on her husband in her sunglasses   Her children think, my mama’s a bad ass she hits her day so hard she whips it she works past zero, on the floor, sweat dripping they … More SHE

evergreen

many bright branches dry yellow afternoon we lie at the trunks of pines as big as a room   a foot of needles cushion us mint on our skin we sink in we look up   i no longer know you you no longer know me we are dark below our years heavy underneath all … More evergreen

Bobby

He must have sniffed me passing him, his gora girl. Perhaps I smelled like keka, my hair atwirl? He chased me like a lion. I whirled around, hearing pounding behind me, so frightened. My name is Bobby, he told me. You are the prettiest kuri I have ever seen. Hanji.   By next week I was … More Bobby

Waiting Room

I retrace heavy hexagonals Cezanne’s bright peaches for coasters Someone’s nine am coffee ring still wet I wonder if the woman who left it was also left, hoping Like me, searching tirelessly, Trying to see her husband above the waste   Did she smirk at the hodgepodge of small Asian tables with yard sale Colonial … More Waiting Room

Grip

Man, I stacked enough muscle – shot me straight into dark Exploded onto concrete – mouth around my heart Risky thoughts race me   I would’ve let you cut your teeth on me if you would just run with me…   My calves want to fail – eye level to breath I didn’t feel Focus … More Grip

Papercuts

Papercuts   I sat on my tree trunk stool My heartbeat with the black vessels of tree limbs Stretching fingers across a cornflower blue sky Falling away to amber The only sound was my pen scratching The farthest I could see was the only red light in town, toy like I thought I was so … More Papercuts

Charleston

I traveled from clear western sky to ramble through your syrup air. My yellow cotton dress is thrown out like a sheet against my thighs… When I step onto your cobblestones, my pulse rises.  I feel shiny.   The summer dark carries in laughter from the sea to the street. My hair light from hours … More Charleston