How These Arrangements Go

From behind my mask I probably said
to the clerk the flowers were pretty. Always
in our village on the blue counter where

you finish your business with the stamps.
From behind her plexi shield she said Yes,
they bring them over from the funeral home after.

Oh, I see now. That’s how those arrangements go—
cheap filler flowers doing most of
the work, almost everybody

choosing the economy option.
After that I noticed how many
dead one week or next.

Purple statice, papery, with
a hairy leaf, everlasting, invasive.
Latin name …

A Roman Burial | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

A Roman Burial

in him those brave
translunary things

Michael Drayton

1. Police Report

Not the hustler,
a boy you’d loved—the Roman
convicted of your murder

on the beaches of Ostia.

OF THE RING: ZAZEL | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

OF THE RING: ZAZEL

“Impresarios capitalized on women’s growing participation
in public life as a form of salable novelty.”
—DR. JANET DAVIS

How you labored—Zazel, the human
projectile. Your body flung, a shot

Appalachian Marie Kondo | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Appalachian Marie Kondo

for Mom

It took a global pandemic for me to organize my life –
journals, photos, ideas, mementos, clothes, closets, and junk drawers. 

I have five bathrooms, a basement, a third floor, and …

TO CARLA ONE MORNING DRINKING COFFEE | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

TO CARLA ONE MORNING DRINKING COFFEE

This poem was translated from its original Spanish (included below) by Madeline Vardell.

 

Carla
this morning I’m drinking coffee alone
years ago we drank
coffee and beer in the mornings
And …

The Oldest Story | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Oldest Story

My girl still needs to memorize the prologue
of Gilgamesh by Friday & so sticks it
above the bathroom sink & to the window
inside the old Subaru, repeating weary …