A R I T E
When a person dies the hours. That comprise
a total life. Have stripped their clothes and
buried them in mud. The days have.
Shaved their perfect heads. Floated the hair
downriver and out. Out to sea. A body
of water where day. After day the ships are.
Carrying their freight. To market to uses
to garbage. Once beyond the shore where
land. Is worked and fucked and full
for harvest. Like a field in wartime the weeks.
Have already lit themselves. Have smoldered.
And we with our timeless. Ashes to rake.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
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cover image: Anonymous, Swiss Watch, c.a. 1820, Gold and Silver, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Allyson Paty's poems can be found in Boston Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, The Literary Review, Tin House, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. Five O'Clock on the Shore is her fourth chapbook, following Score Poems (Present Tense Pamphlets/The Block Museum, 2016), In Medias Res (Monster House Press, 2016), and The Further Away ([sic] Detroit, 2012). She was a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry and a participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 2017-2018 Workspace Program. With Norah Maki, she is co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press. She is Assistant Director of the Writing Program at NYU Gallatin, where she runs a website for student writing, art, and research, and produces a print journal with the students in NYU's Prison Education Program.
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