Electrical Fire At 3AM (as Mercury Stations Direct)

for Panella

It was too generous for gunshots,
too casual for fireworks. Our house
sparked once, then oncetwice, oncetwice.

Fire. In this day and age. Livid
until we understood, we rose from bed
and put on pants, one leg, then the other.
You called the fire chief. You were the first
of us to put on clothes and transition,
private to public, while the heavens and sun spots
took stock of us, shrugged, passed us over.
A long time
went by, everyone in their pajamas trading
tales of worse than a …

Meditation on Skin | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Meditation on Skin

He came to me in a dream,
wet as a newborn in his new skin.
I readied him for a bowl of bitter world
(the cathedral two blocks away from …

No Books Would Tell Us Our Stories | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

No Books Would Tell Us Our Stories

Possumtown Neighborhood, Piscataway, NJ, one mile
from the Middlesex Sampling Plant site, where radiation
cleanup from ore sampling in the 1940’s was projected to be completed in 2000

My best friend …

Gets Dark So Early Late | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Gets Dark So Early Late

The dead have the whole city to think with
the fla-vor-ice tube the whole tongue cherry red.
Trapped below the lake, the slow sharp breath,
the mottle, the dogskin, the …

Lauren Gives Me Directions | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Lauren Gives Me Directions

“Make a left at the second park,
Because you will come across two parks;
The first one is smaller, and there’s a little courtyard in the middle
With an old …

[In the ocean with my brother, I wonder]

In the ocean with my brother, I wonder
if I should make my same old walking
into the ocean joke. “Whelp. I guess
I’ll just keep going. Goodbye.” …