The Blue Pitcher

that which may be filled and emptied

60.

The woman I make myself out to be
piecemeal subverted conjugated

to be as in was is will be
I ask my students to pretend

that time is linear let’s just
make believe that we don’t know

how all this will turn out
and also I tell them to punctuate

and also I don’t mention anything
that might matter except

that it all does matter if it
is matter this matter the matter of

being in the material universe

56.

Close your eyes I’ll tell you more

48.

do you believe me     believe me

42.

Who can I blame for what I became

39.

and do you pray still do you still pray

38.

you see I collect light

35.

backbone   fishtail   scapegoat

31.

Even as I grow soft in the center.

30.

Because the poems write themselves.

27.

Taste of blood/ oranges