MAYBE I AM HERE
and there you are, sort of, like a row of trophies seen through a
picture window, very green-gold, but anymore, Lemon Drop, I am
not a woman who can sleep with whomever she wants. In the house
my skin jitters, a wind picked up across a lake, and I keep opening
windows hello? hello? but the sun just sticks, lozenged in trees
wind-stripped. Some days, things
look strangely: a single shoe on the sidewalk or a pot, in sunlight,
on a stoop. Some days nothing will jimmy the vision. Pop-Tart,
what I’m trying to say is I saw mountains in the rearview too, I saw
the girl running into the street. Nightly, headlights move across the
neighbor’s field, empty as a nightgown, or they hover, like someone
standing with a set of keys.
ABOUT THE POET
Kate Northrop is a recipient of the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers Award and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her recent poetry collections are Clean (Persea Books) and cuntstruck (C and R Press). Northrop is a contributing editor at The American Poetry Review and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wyoming. She lives in Laramie, WY.
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