The father and his newborn scope each other out
like snipers caught off guard at close range. It's okay
to be afraid. I'm staring down my grandpa's tracheotomy,
an open casket. Dad's as glad to see him go as I am
anxious to take off these too-high mourning shoes.
I wear my failure like a sailor wears tattoos: be spotted
and accused. I do not care. I do. Now feeling through
some gore-themed funfair with a friend who states
his limitations: says he's faithful for a price. Like
how the corpse comes back to life inside the webs
of this warehouse. Maybe we'll come back the same.
AND, NO WE DON'T GO EASY
Your cat's an asshole but I love the profile of your broken nose.
It's geological from this close. For the sake of one more drink
I'll tell you what I'm thinking, of a room in which the president
is speaking, more like pausing: beat between intention and some
bar chord in a blues song he can't quite remember. I get romantic.
I get blue. Dress for battle with your shadow: sleek as a machete
in my desert dress and cinder-tinted bob. I'm biding time.
You're saving face. The wars are so damn civilized these days.
ROBIN RICHARDSON is the author of two collections of poetry and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review, a Journal of Women’s Arts & Letters. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY and has appeared in many others including Tin House, Arc, The North American Review, and Hazlitt of Random House, and been interpreted for an opera entitled Earthquakes and Islands by composer Andrew Staniland for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in New York. She has been shortlisted for the Walrus Poetry Prize, CBC Poetry Award, Lemon Hound Poetry Prize, and ReLit Award and has won the John B. Santorini Award and the Joan T. Baldwin Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and BA in Design from OCAD University. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press.
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