Would not have bought this
but other weather.
What streets choose is no one
else’s. Confidently roaming mostly
cotton against surprising
pink ants. Sleep is preventable.
You have only to try. Feet will love you
unbecomingly, as have proven.
Summer’s lease negotiable
interlaced with grass
and dirt where grass doesn’t
or mud as now why birds
silent in the rain
but maybe hunting
which is really fasting
we can speak
hidden as we are in
these middle-aged leaves
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
[as the final above/ground press publication of the press' 24th year]
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Valerie Coulton is the author of Open Book, The Cellar Dreamer, and passing world pictures, all from Apogee Press. She lives in Barcelona with the poet Edward Smallfield, co-author of lirio and anonymous, both from Dancing Girl Press.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to New American Writing, Dusie, and As If It Fell from the Sun (EtherDome), in which these projects first appeared.
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